Luiz Jose Costa, 36, Brazilian music star: lung cancer
Wilhelmina Cooper, 40, modeling pioneer: lung cancer
, 41, musician (Kiss drummer): heart and lung cancer
Judy Holliday, 43, actress: throat cancer
Chris "Punch" Andrews, 43, Canadian radio DJ: lung cancer
John Cipollina, 45, guitarist: emphysema
Nancy Gore Hunger, 46, sister of V.P. Al Gore: lung cancer
Lon Chaney, 47, actor/director: lung cancer
Mary Wells, 49, singer ("My Guy"): larynx cancer
Jack Cassidy, 50, actor: died in a fire from smoking in bed
, 51, baseball player (N.Y. Yankees): lung cancer
Carl Wilson, 51, musician (Beach Boys): lung cancer
Lloyd Haynes, 52, TV actor (General Hospital): lung cancer
Eddie Kendrick, 52, singer (Temptations): lung cancer
Roy Orbison, 52, singer ("Pretty Woman"): heart attack
Jimmy Dorsey, 53, musician, band leader: lung cancer
Lindley ("Spike") Jones, 53, band leader: emphysema
Jack Wild, 53, actor (Artful Dodger in Oliver): mouth cancer
Mark Belanger, 54, baseball shortstop Orioles: lung cancer
Michael Landon, 54, actor - heavy smoker: pancreas and liver cancer
Larry Gilbert, 55, PGA golfer: lung cancer
Susan Hayward, 55, actress: lung cancer
Lee Remick, 55, actress: lung and liver cancer
King George VI, 56, Father of Queen Elizabeth II: lung cancer
Betty Grable, 56, "pin-up" girl, actress: lung cancer
Doug McLure, 56, TV actor (The Virginian): lung cancer
Eddie Rabbitt, 56, singer/song writer: lung cancer
Patrick Swayze, star of "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost" died on September 14, 2009, after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. According to Johns Hopkins University's Pancreatic Cancer Research Center
, "cigarette smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for developing pancreatic cancer ... associated with a 2-3 fold increased risk." A heavy smoker, Patrick openly admitted his belief that smoking "probably
to his cancer. But even after being diagnosed he continued smoking, with each puff adding additional nicotine
and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
, which promote pancreatic cancer. If smoking robbed us of Patrick, why can't it rob us of you?
Humphrey Bogart, 57, actor ("Casablanca"): esophagus cancer
Wolfman Jack, 57, music disk jockey: heart attack
Edward R. Murrow, 57, reporter: lung cancer
Will Thornbury, 57, modeled for Camel TV ads: lung cancer
George Harrison, 58, musician (The Beatles): lung cancer
R.J. Reynolds, 58, tobacco company founder: emphysema
R.J. Reynolds, III, 59, tobacco company heir: emphysema
Clark Gable, 59, actor ("Gone With The Wind"): heart attack
Anne Ramsey, 59, actress (Goonies - Mama Fratelli): throat cancer
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