3 Celebrities Who Died from Mesothelioma

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What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare disease. Diagnosed of Mesothelioma only about 2,000 cases  each year in the United States. More cases are occurring worldwide. This is most common in Australia and the UK, where large amounts of asbestos have been used.

What causes of Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is cancer caused by asbestos. This most commonly occurs in the lining of the lungs or stomach. Symptoms can include chest pain, shortness of breath, and general fatigue.

Why asbestos causes Mesothelioma?

The actual process of how asbestos causes mesothelioma is still being studied. Most scientists believe that the tiny sharp fibers when ingested or inhaled cause cell damage that can lead to chronic inflammation. Then this inflammation can trigger disease after years or even decades. Some scientists believe that a person’s immune system can actually help prevent cancer, even if the person is exposed to asbestos.

Type of Mesothelioma

There are four types of malignant mesothelioma: pleural, peritoneal, pericardial, and testicular. Pleural mesothelioma affects the outer lining of the lungs and chest wall. This accounts for about 75% of all cases. Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the stomach and accounts for about 23%. The incidence of testicular and cardiac mucosa is about 1% each.

Celebrities who Died from Mesothelioma

Mean life expectancy was 12-21 months after diagnosis. Here are 3 celebrities who died from mesothelioma.

  1. Malcolm McLaren (1946-2010)

British musician, artist, impresario and fashion designer Malcolm McLaren helped start the punk movement that changed the face of pop music. He was the head of the Sex Pistols (all members had shopped or worked at the London SEX fashion boutique) and defined the band’s controversial style as well as the sound process and aesthetics of the entire movement. He organized the appearance of the author’s acclaimed “Write the God” during Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Festival. The concert resulted in its own arrest and helped catalyze the moral panic that fueled the band’s popularity and genre.

McLaren was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2009 and died a year later. He was probably exposed to asbestos when he tore apart SEX’s blanket to make the place look like he had been hit by a bomb.

2.Ed Lauter (1938-2013)

Veteran actor and comedian Ed Lauter has appeared in more than 200 films and television series during his 45 year career. He is best known for his roles in films such as The Longest Yard, Death Wish 3, Trouble With the Curve, The Artist and Family Plot, Alfred Hitchcock’s latest film. Hitchcock was reportedly so impressed by Lauter that he offered him the lead role in his next directorial film, The Short Night, but Hitchcock died before it was produced.

Lauter died in October 2013, just five months after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. He worked almost until his death and had roles in several upcoming films. Scholarships for young actors have been created in his name.

3.Paul Gleason (1939-2006)

With a career spanning 4 decades, Paul Gleason is best known for his role as Richard Vernon, the assistant director who commissioned the imprisonment of the main character at the Club Club. She has had impressive roles on Die Hard, Trade in Places and All My Children and has appeared in many films and TV shows. Gleason was also a fine athlete, playing soccer at the University of Florida and enjoying a brief professional baseball career with the Cleveland Indians, although he never featured in the major. He also frequently participates in celebrity golf tournaments.

Gleason died of pleural mesothelioma in 2006. He was likely exposed to asbestos as a teenager while working for his father on a construction site.

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