Famous People and Colon Cancer


Many of you know I’m a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in March of 2008.

Cancer is the kind of thing that changes your life, changes the way you see everything, the way you respond to hardships and trials, the way you relate to God and others.

Caricature of Milton Berle by Sam Berman from ...

Caricature of Milton Berle by Sam Berman from 1947 NBC promotional book (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wanted to share this list of “famous” people who have also battled colon cancer. In my book they’re no more worthy of recognition than every day folk I know who have also taken on cancer–folk like Tom or Jim or Janice or Dan–but because of their lives in the spotlight their names might be more recognizable.

Milton Berle, American comedian, died March 27, 2002 at the age of 93
Dick Dale, surf guitarist whose cancer has recurred as of 2008
Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American athlete
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court justice
Audrey Hepburn, actress, died January 20, 1993
Pope John Paul II
Carolyn Jones, actress, known for playing Morticia Addams in “The Addams Family”. Diagnosed with colon cancer in 1982, died one year later in 1983.
Eartha Kitt, American singer and actress, died December 25, 2008
Jack Lemmon, American actor, died of colon and bladder cancer on June 27, 2001, aged 76
Vince Lombardi, coach of the Green Bay Packers, died of metastatic colon cancer
H.P. Lovecraft, horror writer
Walter Matthau, American actor, had metastatic colon cancer, but died of heart disease on July 1, 2000, aged 79
Tammy Faye Messner, American Christian singer, evangelist, died July 20, 2007
Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress, died at age 62, 8 weeks after diagnosis
Jeff Moss, co-founder of Sesame Street
Sharon Osbourne, British reality TV star and talent show judge, diagnosed with colon cancer in July 2002, aged 49. She has recovered.
Ronald Reagan, U.S. President
Rod Roddy, previous announcer for “The Price Is Right,” died at age 66, 2 years after diagnosis
Charles Schulz, creator of ‘Peanuts,’ died at age 77, 60 days after diagnosis
Joel Siegel, movie critic and host of “Good Morning America,” died at age 64, 10 years after diagnosis
Tony Snow, White House press secretary under George W. Bush died July 12, 2008 at the age of 53
Darryl Strawberry, baseball player
(This is a partial list taken from the Colon Cancer Resource page)

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Posted on March 7, 2013, in Cancer and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Somewhere in that list, it seems to me, lies the unspoken word regarding screening, awareness, and not ignoring the signs….

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  2. I agree with looking for the signs, having checkups and telling your family to do the same. Our younger son, age 43, has crohns disease and with that is an added risk of colon cancer. So he will be very aware. I thank you for sending this Mike.

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  3. My parents’ neighbor died on Easter last year of colon cancer. He was a very kind man, was always trying to help others.

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  4. You’re right, Mike. All of us, famous or not, are precious in God’s sight.

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