Brain Cancer


11 May 1981 Jamaican musician Bob Marley dies of a brain tumor, Miami FL.
8 Dec 1983 Actor Slim Pickens dies after operation for a brain tumor, Modesto CA.
15 Feb 1984 Singer Ethel Merman dies of a brain tumor which was diagnosed in April 1983, New York City. In 1980 Merman played herself (as a deranged man who thought he was Ethel Merman) in Airplane.
29 Jan 1987 DCI William Casey dies of a brain tumor a mere two days before he is to give testimony for the Iran-Contra scandal, Mayknoll, MD. He had received a craniotomy. Dodged that one!
29 Mar 1991 Professional political asshole Lee Atwater dies of a brain tumor. After diagnosis of the tumor, Atwater renounced dirty tricks and found Jesus: "I'm glad I've found Him while there's still time." Right. Atwater also played guitar in Jim Thackery and the Assassins (People, May 8 1989.)
14 May 1992 Football player Lyle Alzado dies of brain cancer (in this case, a rare lymphoma of the central nervous system), which he attributed to his extensive use of anabolic steroids, particularly Dianabol. "I started taking anabolic steroids in 1969 and never stopped. It was addicting, mentally addicting. Now I’m sick, and I’m scared... I became very violent on the field and off it. I did things only crazy people do. Once a guy sideswiped my car and I beat the hell out of him. Now look at me. My hair’s gone, I wobble when I walk and have to hold on to someone for support, and I have trouble remembering things."
13 Jun 1993 Apollo astronaut Deke Slayton dies of complications resulting from a brain tumor, League City, TX.
20 Feb 1999 Film critic Gene Siskel dies from complications after brain surgery to remove a tumor, Evanston Hospital, Chicago IL.
3 Apr 2000 Drug guru and ethnopharmacologist Terence McKenna dies of a glioblastoma multiforme (a type of brain tumor), San Rafael CA.
18 Apr 2002 Explorer and anthropologist Thor Hyerdahl dies from brain cancer in his sleep, at his home in Norway.

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