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Famous People Who Died from Head and Neck Cancer

Outline: List of notable people who died from head and neck cancers that include; throat, esophageal, laryngeal, oral, and thyroid cancers. Survival rates of patients diagnosed with oral cancer have not significantly improved in decades. Oral cancer treatments may include surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Some patients have a combination of treatments.

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Head and neck cancers are cancers that start in the mouth, nose, throat, larynx, sinuses, or salivary glands. Symptoms for head and neck cancer may include a lump or sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, trouble swallowing, or a change in the voice. There may also be unusual bleeding, facial swelling, or trouble breathing.

According to the American Cancer Society, males face twice the risk of developing oral cancer as women, and men who are over age 50 face the greatest risk.

Stages of mouth cancer are indicated using Roman numerals I through IV. A lower stage indicates a smaller cancer confined to one area. A higher stage, such as stage IV, indicates a larger tumor, or that cancer has spread to additional areas of the person's neck, head, or other parts of their body.

Oral cancer is treated the same way many cancers are treated - using surgery to remove cancerous growth, and radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy to destroy remaining cancer cells.

Below is a list of notable people who died from head and neck cancers including; throat, esophageal, laryngeal, oral, and thyroid cancers.

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Died from Throat Cancer


 Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States. At the age of 63 after a year-long struggle with throat cancer Grant died at Mount McGregor cottage on July 23rd, 1885.
Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States. At the age of 63 after a year-long struggle with throat cancer Grant died at Mount McGregor cottage on July 23rd, 1885.

  • Alex Fraser
  • Amy Elizabeth Thorpe
  • Angela Raiola
  • Art Lassiter
  • Beth Chapman
  • Binyamin Elon
  • Bo Nat Khann Mway
  • Bob Elliott
  • Bobby Heenan
  • Bonnie Lynn Fields
  • Bret Harte
  • Bruce Nelson Stratton
  • Butch Nowack
  • Can Yücel
  • Caroline Aherne
  • Cecil Jones Attuquayefio
  • Charles R. Blyth
  • Charlie Shavers
  • Chōshin Chibana
  • Corno
  • Dan Hicks
  • Dean Smith
  • Dick Been
  • Dick Quax
  • Donald Barthelme
  • Edith Grøn
  • Edna Purviance
  • Eduard Streltsov
  • Edward VIII
  • Erin Moran
  • Eugene T. Maleska
  • Fatima Surayya Bajia
  • Felix Dennis
  • Fergie McCormick
  • Ferruccio Amendola
  • Foster Hewitt
  • Friedrich Engels
  • Garry Moore
  • Giovanni Sartori
  • Glenn Branca
  • Greg Mohns
  • Göran Stangertz
  • Harold Brent McKnight
  • Harry Kennedy Morton
  • Heinie Manush
  • Hiroshi Wajima
  • Hubert Green
  • Hugh Williams
  • J. H. Curle
  • Jay Thomas
  • Jefferson Kaye
  • Joan London
  • Joe Longthorne
  • John Byrne Cooke
  • John Mahoney
  • John Steele
  • Joseph Cotten
  • Karen Dalton
  • Kelechi Emeteole
  • Kunwar Inderjit Singh
  • Lambert Murphy
  • Lana Turner
  • Lateef Raji
  • Marc Hunter
  • Mexicano 777
  • Michel Delpech
  • Miguel Ferrer
  • Mike Patto
  • Mike Willesee
  • Momo Kapor
  • Nickolas Ashford
  • Pat Derby
  • Patrick Geoghegan
  • Peggy Hopkins Joyce
  • Percy Furnivall
  • Pete Overend Watts
  • Peter C. Zimmerman
  • Phyllis Crane
  • Ramakrishna
  • René Angélil
  • Reshma
  • Shabbir Ahmad Rao
  • Shin'ichirō Tomonaga
  • Sprent Dabwido
  • Stephen Milburn Anderson
  • Tim Flock
  • Tom Davis
  • Tommy Donbavand
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Werner Heyking
  • Will Weng
  • William Fitts Ryan
  • William McG. Morrison
  • William Thorne

Died from Esophageal Cancer


  • A. C. Baantjer
  • Abd Al-Halim Abu-Ghazala
  • Alain Jacquet
  • Alden John Bell
  • Aleksandr Kuprin
  • Alfred S. Bloomingdale
  • Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
  • Andreas Hillgruber
  • Andrew Duggan
  • Anna Roosevelt Halsted
  • Anton Ažbe
  • Babe Adams
  • Bernie Fuchs
  • Bertram Cohler
  • Bevo Francis
  • Big Bill Broonzy
  • Bill Blass
  • Bill Brill
  • Bill Cameron
  • Bonar Law
  • Brendan Bracken
  • Brian Donlevy
  • Bruce Dal Canton
  • Bruce Kershner
  • C. N. Annadurai
  • Cees van Kooten
  • Charles Gwathmey
  • Charles H. Ewing
  • Chas Hodges
  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Clara C. M. Cannon
  • Clay Felker
  • Cookie Gilchrist
  • Curt Flood
  • David Lean
  • Deric Longden
  • Don Barksdale
  • Dorothea Lange
  • Dragoš Kalajić
  • E. F. Benson
  • Ed Bailey
  • Ed Kirkpatrick
  • Eddie Fontaine
  • Edgar Kennedy
  • Eldon Dedini
  • Elisabeth Frink
  • Elizabeth Bell
  • Ellie Lambeti
  • Elżbieta Czyżewska
  • Erma Franklin
  • Eugene K. Garfield
  • Fernand Legros
  • Fischer Black
  • Forrest Church
  • Frances Farmer
  • Frank C. Garland
  • Frank Jenks
  • Freddy Fernández
  • Frederick Corbet Davison
  • G. McMurtrie Godley
  • George Hislop
  • Georges Boucher
  • Gladys George
  • Glen A. Larson
  • Godfrey Argent
  • Graham Chapman
  • Hal Keller
  • Hank Ballard
  • Harmon Killebrew
  • Harry Heijnen
  • Henri Charrière
  • Henry Burr
  • Henry Dudeney
  • Henry Fish
  • Herbert Gallagher
  • Herman Cohen
  • Hiram Bullock
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Héctor Ferrer
  • Ip Man
  • Isao Kimura
  • Jack Lerole
  • James Callahan
  • James Mathews Leigh
  • Jan Groenendijk
  • Jean Genet
  • Jean Hagen
  • Jerry Girard
  • Jet Harris
  • Jim Fung
  • Jimmy Dorsey
  • Joan Kirner
  • Joan London
  • John "Juke" Logan
  • John Comer
  • John Cunniff
  • John D. Goeken
  • John Diamond
  • John Galbraith Graham
  • John Gotti
  • John Held Jr.
  • Jonathan Demme
  • Joseph Albright
  • Joseph Campbell
  • Joseph Emile Harley
  • Joseph F. Farley
  • Juran Hisao
  • Kang Sok-ju
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Keiko Awaji
  • Kevin Hagen
  • Kim Brown
  • Kuniaki Koiso
  • Larry Hovis
  • Lefty Dizz
  • Leo Brooks
  • Leslie Halliwell
  • Linda Dangcil
  • Lula Côrtes
  • Mahmut Bakalli
  • Marguerite Duras
  • Mark Bytheway
  • Martin van Amerongen
  • Mel Galley
  • Michael Larson
  • Mike Elliott
  • Mike Evans
  • Miroslav Dvořák
  • Monica Johnson
  • Nakae Chōmin
  • Nick Auf der Maur
  • Ody J. Fish
  • Otto Griebling
  • Pam Barrett
  • Patricia Leonard
  • Paul Hemphill
  • Peter Doyle
  • Peter Keefe
  • Peter deCourcy Hero
  • Philip Larkin
  • Prince Henry of Prussia
  • Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha
  • Renate Dorrestein
  • Ricardo Barreiro
  • Ricardo Calvo
  • Richard Barthelmess
  • Richard Boone
  • Richard Dawson
  • Richard Hellie
  • Robert A. Good
  • Robert B. Anderson
  • Robert Barbers
  • Robert Brachtenbach
  • Robert C. Binkley
  • Robert H. Goddard
  • Robert Kardashian
  • Roberto D'Aubuisson
  • Ronald Allen
  • Ronnie Dawson
  • Ronnie Drew
  • Rowland Evans
  • Ruby Brooks
  • Ruth Williams Khama
  • Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Savaş Ay
  • Shin Kishida
  • Shirō Ishii
  • Shun Akiyama
  • Stan Heath
  • Stephen Bruton
  • Stephen Hastings
  • Stephen Leacock
  • Steve Hewlett
  • Sylvia Kristel
  • T. Coleman du Pont
  • Takeshi Kaikō
  • Tal Farlow
  • Ted Dabney
  • Teru Hayashi
  • Tetsuo Gotō
  • Tom Dunn
  • Tom Lantos
  • Tommy Eyre
  • Tsutomu Koyama
  • Ulrich von Brockdorff-Rantzau
  • Unshō Ishizuka
  • Urban Carmichael
  • Vladan Batić
  • Wally Bronner
  • Walter Becker
  • Walter De Buck
  • Wayne DuMond
  • Whitney Blake
  • William Hanna
  • William Irvine
  • William R. Bennett Jr.
  • Wynonie Harris
  • Władysław Findysz
  • Yukio Endo
  • Ștefan Augustin Doinaș

Died from Laryngeal Cancer


  • Ozeri
  • Alan Landers
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Alexander Chekhov
  • Andrea Carlo Ferrari
  • Auguste Joseph Alphonse Gratry
  • Bill Downs
  • Bob Denver
  • Bobby Parks
  • Celso Blues Boy
  • Conny Plank
  • Constantine P. Cavafy
  • Danny Fiszman
  • Dave Springhall
  • Debi Austin
  • Dexter Gordon
  • Ed McBain
  • Eduardo Gómez
  • Francisco Vicente Aguilera
  • Frederick III
  • Fritz Korbach
  • Grigoraș Dinicu
  • Iain MacKintosh
  • Iain Shedden
  • Ian Johnston
  • Jacek Kaczmarski
  • Jaime Colson
  • Jesús Aguirre
  • John Everett Millais
  • José Luis Borau
  • Lasse Dahlquist
  • Manuel Saval
  • Maria Anna Sala
  • Mary Wells
  • Masa Nakayama
  • Mircea Damian
  • Pedro Lemebel
  • Quincy Howe
  • Rehman
  • René Angélil
  • Roman Kozak
  • Ruud van Hemert
  • Sally Ryan
  • Savaş Ay
  • Semyon Kirsanov
  • Suchart Chaovisith
  • Tatsuhiko Shibusawa
  • Toni Sailer
  • Yorozuya Kinnosuke

Died from Oral Cancer


  • Ajit Kumar Panja
  • Anthony Minghella
  • Arthur Hunnicutt
  • Bob Prince
  • Booker McDaniels
  • Bruce Paltrow
  • Bruno Cremer
  • Burl Ives
  • Charley Parkhurst
  • Chris Hawk
  • Cindy Marano
  • Dr. Seuss
  • E. V. V. Satyanarayana
  • Emmanuel Quarshie
  • Ernesto Rayper
  • George F. Gibbs
  • Gordon MacRae
  • Gruen Von Behrens
  • Hanuš Schwaiger
  • Henry B. Harshaw
  • Henry Kingsley
  • Jack Wild
  • John Chard
  • John Pearce
  • Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • Juan José Castelli
  • Kiyoshi Jinzai
  • Leatherman
  • Lin Carter
  • Milton McPike
  • Nick Curran
  • Paul Splittorff
  • R. R. Patil
  • Richard Stockton
  • Susan Buffett
  • Takanohana Kenshi
  • Theodore G. Bilbo
  • Tibs the Great
  • Venedikt Yerofeyev
  • Vineeta Rastogi
  • W. Laird Stabler Jr.
  • William Brassington
  • William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley
  • Xiangzhong Yang

Deaths from Thyroid Cancer


  • Abidin Dino
  • Antonia Bird
  • Archer Winsten
  • Dorothy Sucher
  • Ernst Wynder
  • Esther Earl
  • Gladys McCoy
  • Guillermo Anderson
  • Jean Vanier
  • Jock Young
  • Joel Virador
  • Kevin Towers
  • L. Tom Perry
  • Maki Ishii
  • Mary Patricia Shepherd
  • Maya Kopitseva
  • Odo Josef Struger
  • Probosutedjo
  • Raquel Liberman
  • Red Callender
  • Roger Ebert
  • Russell Trood
  • Susan Gordon
  • Vera Schmidt
  • William Rehnquist

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