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Robert Ripley died at age 55 in 1949 after a heart attack

Hall of Fame
Just a Few Famous People tobacco has taken from us
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Bea Benaderet, 62; Actress; Cause of Death Lung Cancer

Beverly Hillbillies, Pettiecoat Junction and she was best known to millions of cartoon fans as the voice of "Betty Rubble" from the "Flintstones".

Tex Williams, 68; Country-Western Singer; Cause of Death Lung Cancer (October 13, 1985) most famous for his 1947 hit 'Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)

Peter Jennings, 67; ABC News Anchor "World News Tonight" since 1983; Cause of Death Lung Cancer on August 7, 2005.

Humphrey Bogart, 57; Actor; Cause of Death Throat Cancer He had just turned 57 and weighed only 80 pounds when he died on January 14, 1957.

Steve McQueen, 50; Actor; Cause of Death: Lung Cancer. McQueen, a lifelong smoker, was a spokesperson for Viceroy Cigarettes.

John Wayne, 72;Actor; Cause of Death; Stomach Cancer. Wayne was a heavy smoker for years and a spokesperson for Camel Cigarettes, Cancer took a lung in 1963.  Wayne had battles with heart disease as well, he died in 1979.

Jack Wild, 53; Actor; Cause of Death Oral cancer (March 1, 2006) The Artful Dodger in Oliver! (1968); HR Pufnstuf.(TV) Wild underwent surgery in July 2004, and had some vocal cords and part of his tongue removed. Unfortunately, the cancer proved untreatable and he died on 1 March 2006.

Jim Varney, 50; Actor (Earnest) Cause of Death: Lung Cancer. When Varney was first diagnosed with lung cancer, he threw his cigarettes away and quit smoking cold turkey; unfortunately it was far too late to make a difference.

George Harrison, 58; Musician (Beatles) He succumbed to a brain cancer, it is likely that years of heavy smoking were a significant factor in his death.

Wayne McLaren, 51; model; lung cancer (Summer, 1992) "Marlboro Cowboy". At a Philip Morris shareholders meeting, he asked the company to limit their advertising.

Yul Brynner, 65; actor; lung cancer

Message recorded in January 1985, after he was diagnosed with lung cancer] "Now that I`m gone, I tell you: Don`t smoke, whatever you do, just don`t smoke. If I could take back that smoking we wouldn`t be talking about any cancer. I`m convinced of that."

Walt Disney, 65; Animator/Producer; Cause of Death Lung Cancer (acute circulatory collapse following an operation to remove a tumor)

Rod Serling, 51; Writer/Director (The Twilight Zone/ Planet or the Apes); Cause of Death Massive Heart Attack;  He smoked 4 packs a day.

General Ulysses S. Grant, 63; 18th President of the US; Cause of Death Throat Cancer (July 23, 1885)

Dick York, 63; Actor (Bewitched); Cause of Death Emphysema (1992)

Gary Cooper, 60; Actor; Cause of Death Lung Cancer (May 13th, 1961) 

Babe Ruth, 53;  Baseball Player; Cause of Death Throat Cancer.  In the fall of 1946, Babe was diagnosed with throat cancer and spent three months in the hospital. The operations impaired his voice, caused him to lose 80 pounds, and rendered him nearly immobile. He died (August 16, 1948)

Errol Flynn, 50; Actor; Cause of Death Massive Heart Attack.

Nat "King” Cole, 45; Singer; Cause of Death Lung Cancer.  Cole smoked three packs of cigarettes a day.

Spencer Tracy, 66; Actor; Cause of Death Heart Failure.  Spencer Tracy appeared in numerous Lucky Strike ads.

Roger Maris, 51; Baseball Player; Cause of Death Lung Cancer. The home-run record holder appeared in Camel ads in the 60s.

Betty Grable, 56; "Pin-Up" Girl/Actress; Cause of Death Lung Cancer (July 2, 1973).  Grable smoked 3 packs a day and advertised for Chesterfield Cigarettes.

Jonny Carson, 79; Late Night Talk Show Host; Cause of Death Respiratory Arrest from Emphysema.

Robert Taylor, 57; Actor; Cause of Death Lung Cancer (June 8, 1969).  Taylor, a chain smoker, was a spokesperson for Lucky Strike Cigarettes.

Robert Palmer, 54; British Rock Star (Addicted to Love); Cause of Death Heart Attack

Susan Oliver, 53; Actress/Author; Cause of Death Lung Cancer (May 10, 1990)

Sammy Davis Jr., 64; Entertainer; Cause of Death Throat Cancer.

Forrest Tucker, 67; Actor; Cause of Death Lung Cancer and Emphysema (October 25, 1986).

Anne Ramsey, 59; Actress; (She played 'Momma' in 'Throw Momma from the Train', and 'Momma Fratelli' in 'The Goonies". She also acted in many other films and television shows); Cause of Death Throat Cancer.

Michael Landon, 54; Actor (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, I Was a Teenage Werewolf); Cause of Death Cancer of the Pancreas and Liver (July 1, 1991).  Landon smoked 4 packs a day.

 

Victor French, 54; Actor (Little House on the Prairie);  Cause of Death Lung Cancer.  (June 15, 1989).  French was a life long heavy smoker.

Amanda Blake, 60; Actress (Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke); Cause of Death Throat Cancer (August 16, 1989); At 48, Blake, once a 2-pack a day smoker, had a malignant tumor removed from her tongue; she re-learned how to speak, toured for the American Cancer Society, and fought oral cancer until her death 12 years later. President Reagan presented her with the ACS's "Courage Award" in 1984.

George Peppard, 65; Actor; (Breakfast at Tiffany's, A-Team); Cause of Death Lung Cancer (May 8, 1995).  Peppard had smoked 2 packs a day until 1993, when he had a cancerous tumor removed from his lung.

Jack Webb, 62; Actor/Producer (Sgt. Joe Friday on Dragnet);  Cause of Death Massive Heart Attack.  Webb was a very heavy smoker and a spokesperson for numerous cigarette companies.

Suzanne Pleshette, 70; Actress (The Birds, Fate is the Hunter; 8 Simple Rules, Bob Newhart Show); Cause of Death Lung Cancer.

Patrick Swayze, 57; Actor (Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Road House); Cause of Death Pancreatic Cancer.  Swayze was a very heavy smoker, even after being diagnosed with this deadly form of cancer, until his death on September 14th 2009.