According the the World Health Organization fact sheet as of February 2011, cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008.
According to Cancer Statistics, 2010, published in the CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, on July 7, 2010, it is estimated that approximately 569,490 Americans will die from cancer, which means that greater than 1500 deaths per day.
Canadian Cancer Statistics 2007 reports that an estimated 39 per cent of Canadian females and 44 per cent of males will develop cancer during their lifetimes; and an estimated 24 per cent of women and 28 per cent of men will die from cancer, or approximately one out of every four Canadians will die from cancer.
According to a study published in the Annals of Oncology (the official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology) on February 9, 2011, researches predict that there will be nearly 1.3 million deaths from cancer in Europe in 2011. The estimates, which have been reached after researchers using for the first time in Europe a new mathematical model for predicting cancer mortality, show a fall in overall cancer death rates for both men and women when compared to 2007.
It is a known fact that cancer kills. Everyday, someone dies from some form of cancer: a member of our family, one of friends, one of people we know, and many of people we don't know or we've never even heard of. And in 2010, there were famous people who had succumbed to cancer, like Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former Democratic presidential nominee John Edwards. She died on December 7, 2010, after a long battle with breast cancer at age 61.
City TV's Mark Dailey - We will truly miss you
Mark Dailey - a most notable of cancer deaths in Toronto 2010
Here in Toronto, we lost our beloved Mark Dailey. Mark was one of the most recognizable, trusted, and revered newsmen in Toronto. Mark's awesome deep baritone voice earned him the famous nickname "The Voice" of Citytv and CityNews.
After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004, Dailey went on to become a brave and vocal advocate for men's health, raising awareness and money through his unyielding efforts.
In September, 2010, Dailey announced on air that he was suffering from kidney cancer. A few short months later, the cancer spread to his lungs. On December 6, 2010, Mark died from prostate and kidney cancer. He was 57.
Cancer does not discriminate - Cancer Deaths
In putting together this list of famous and notable cancer deaths in 2010, I was overwhelmed by the harsh reality of the fact that cancer does not discriminate between the young and elderly, although cancer deaths are more prevalent among the elderly; between races, between genders, between the rich and poor. In putting together this list, I relied heavily on Wikipedia and checked the references. It is difficult to have a comprehensive list as some cause of deaths are not available. So I apologize in advance, if I had omitted some famous and notable cancer deaths, and if some information are erroneous. Internet is not perfect after all. I also included a brief information and picture (where available) of each cancer victim to help us remember the way they were.
So without further ado, here is a list of famous and notable people who died from cancer in 2010.
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Famous and Notable Cancer Deaths in January 2010
Cancer Deaths - January 1, 2010
- Lhasa de Sela, 37, a Mexican-American singer based in Montreal, died of breast cancer at her home.
- Gary Brockette, 62, American actor and director, died of cancer.
- Michael Dwyer, 58, Irish journalist and film critic who wrote for The Irish Times for more than 20 years, died of lung cancer.
- Faisal Bin Shamlan, 75, Yemeni politician, presidential candidate (2006), died of cancer.
- Tom Walsh, 67, a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, a Wyoming educator, a mayor of Casper, and a Republican member of the Wyoming House of Representatives from Natrona County from 2003-2008, died of leukemia.
Cancer Deaths - January 3, 2010
- Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt, 84, Chilean composer. Becerra-Schmidt lived in Germany since 1973 and taught at Oldenburg University since 1974. Becerra-Schmidt died of lung cancer on January 3, 2010 at his home in Oldenburg.
- Takis Michalos, 63, Greek national team water polo player and coach,died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 4, 2010
- Neil Christian, 66, British singer. Neil Christian and the Crusaders are one of the British rock and roll bands of the 1960s, died of cancer.
- Donal Donnelly, 78, English-born Irish actor. He was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, but raised in Dublin, Ireland. His breakthrough role came when he was cast as Gar Private in the world premiere of Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come! directed by Hilton Edwards for the Gate Theatre at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1964. He died of cancer in Chicago.
- Tsutomu Yamaguchi, 93, Japanese survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, died of stomach cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 5, 2010
- Kenneth Noland, 85, was an American abstract painter. He was one of the best-known American Color field painters, died of kidney cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 7, 2010
- Jim White, 67, was an American professional wrestler during the 1960s and 1970s in the southern United States, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 8, 2010
- Jean Charpentier, 74, Canadian journalist, press secretary for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He was nicknamed "The Count" by journalists and reporters for his "elegance" and manners, died of cancer.
- Monica Maughan, 76, was an Australian actor with notable and well-known roles in film, theatre, radio and television, died of cancer.
- Jim Rimmer, 75, was a Canadian graphic designer, letterpress printer, proprietor of the Pie Tree Press and is especially notable as a designer of typefaces, died of cancer.
- Yvonne Zanos, 59, KDKA-TV’s consumer reporter whose joyful personality burst through TV screens during her popular product test reports, died this morning from complications related to ovarian cancer. Zanos died of ovarian cancer just a couple of days of her 60th birthday.
Cancer Deaths - January 9, 2010
- Laura Chapman Hruska, 74, was an American lawyer, novelist, and co-founder and editor in chief of the Soho Press, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 10, 2010
- Simon Digby, 77, was a British oriental scholar, translator, writer and collector who was awarded the Burton Medal of the Royal Asiatic Society and was a former Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, the Honorary Librarian of the Royal Asiatic Society and Assistant Keeper in the Department of Eastern Art of the Asmolean Museum in Oxford, died of pancreatic cancer in Delhi.
- Frances Morrell, 72, was a British Labour politician who led the Inner London Education Authority 1983-87. Morrell was a British political adviser and educationalist, died of cancer.
- Crispin Sorhaindo, 78, was the fourth President of Dominica. He served from October 25, 1993 until October 5, 1998, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 11, 2010
- Dennis Stock, 81, was an American photojournalist and documentary photographer and a member of Magnum Photos. He was born in New York City and died of colon and liver cancer in Sarasota, Florida.
Cancer Deaths - January 12, 2010
- Brian Keats, 46,known by his stage name Brian Damage, was an American punk rock drummer mostly known by his participation in the horror punk band Misfits, died of complications of colorectal cancer.
- Fred Krone, 79, often called "Crunch", was an American stuntman who worked predominantly in movie Westerns, died of cancer.
- Sir Allen McClay, 77, was a Northern Irish multi-millionaire businessman and philanthropist who founded the Almac Group, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 13, 2010
- Teddy Pendergrass, 59, was an American R&B/soul singer and songwriter. Pendergrass first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before a successful solo career at the end of the decade, died in hospital in Philadelphia from complications from colon cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 14, 2010
- Charles Nolte, 86, American actor, playwright and educator, died of prostate cancer.
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Cancer Deaths - January 15, 2010
- Bahman Jalali, 65, Iranian photographer, died of pancreatic cancer.
- Steve Lovelady, 66, American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, died of throat cancer.
- Marshall Warren Nirenberg, 82, American biochemist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate (1968), died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 16, 2010
- Stephen Morse, 65, American poet, died of complications from colon and lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 18. 2010
- Kate McGarrigle, 63, Montreal-based singer-songwriter and an icon in Canada’s folk music community. She died at home of a rare form of cancer, clear cell sarcoma.
- Celestino Tugot, 99, Filipino golfer, winner of the Philippine Open (1949, 1955–1958, 1962), died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 19, 2010
- Christos Hatziskoulidis, 58, Greek footballer (Egaleo F.C.), died of cancer.
- Jennifer Lyon, 37, former contestant on Survivor Palau (2005), died. Lyon came in 4th place. Lyon had discovered she had stage 3 breast cancer in 2005. After a long battle, she died in Oregon of breast cancer.
- Kalthoum Sarrai, 47, Tunisian-born French television presenter (Supernanny), died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 20, 2010
- Lynn Taitt, 75, Jamaican reggae guitarist, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 21, 2010
- Paul Quarrington, 56, writer, musician and screenwriter, best known for the novel and script for Whale Music and as one of the writers on the television show Due South. He died of lung cancer at his Toronto home.
- Robert "Squirrel" Lester, 67, American smooth soul tenor (The Chi-Lites), died of liver cancer.
- Curt Motton, 69, American baseball player, died of stomach cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 22, 2010
- Clayton Gerein, 45, Canadian wheelchair sports athlete, seven-time Paralympian, died of brain tumor.
- Johnny Seven, 83, American character actor (Ironside), died of lung cancer.
- Jean Simmons, 80, British-born American actress (Hamlet, Spartacus), died of lung cancer.
- Tom Wittum, 60, American football player (San Francisco 49ers), died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 23, 2010
- Robert Lam, 64, Malaysian news presenter, died of skin cancer.
- Roger Pierre, 86, French actor (Mon oncle d'Amérique), died of cancer.
- Oleg Velyky, 32, Ukrainian-born German handball player, died of melanoma.
Cancer Deaths - January 24, 2010
- Pernell Robers Jr., 81, an American actor who portrayed the eldest son on Bonanza and a retired army doctor in “Trapper John, MD” He died of pancreatic cancer at his Malibu, California home.
- Lawrence Aloysius Burke, 77, Jamaican Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kingston (2004–2008); Nassau (1981–2004), died of cancer.
- Robert Mosbacher, 82, American politician, Secretary of Commerce (1989–1992), died of pancreatic cancer.
- Jim Podoley, 76, American football player (Washington Redskins), died of melanoma.
Cancer Deaths - January 25, 2010
- Lynn Bayonas, 66, Australian television writer and producer, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 27, 2010
- Betty Lou Keim, 71, American actress, died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 28, 2010
- Robert Joffe, 66, American lawyer, died of pancreatic cancer.
- Patricia Leonard, 73, British contralto, died of throat cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 29, 2010
- Tom Brookshier, 78, American football player (Philadelphia Eagles), coach and sportscaster (CBS Sports, WCAU), died of cancer.
- Georgelle Hirliman, 73, American performance artist, died of cancer.
- Cameron Snyder, 93, American sports journalist (The Baltimore Sun), won Dick McCann Memorial Award (1982), died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 31, 2010
- Kage Baker, 57, American science fiction and fantasy author, died of uterine cancer.
- Howard Lotsof, 66, American researcher, discovered anti-addictive effects of ibogaine, died of liver cancer.
- Keith Norton, 69, Canadian politician, former MPP for Kingston and the Islands (1975–1985), died of cancer.
- Phil Smith, 63, Australian football player, died of cancer.
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Famous and Notable Cancer Deaths in February 2010
Cancer Deaths - February 1, 2010
- Subir Raha, 61, Indian executive, Chairman and Managing Director of ONGC (2001–2006), died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 2, 2010
- Nelli Shkolnikova, 82, Ukrainian-born Australian violinist and educator, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 3, 2010
- Lindsay Thomas, 31, Canadian stage actress, died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 4, 2010
- Meir Pichhadze, 54, Georgian-born Israeli artist and painter, died of cancer.
- Carl E. Taylor, 93, American physician and expert on international health, died of prostate cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 5, 2010
- Sujeet Kumar, 75, Indian actor and producer, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 6, 2010
- Robert Dana, 80, American poet, Iowa poet laureate (2004–2008), died of pancreatic cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 8, 2010
- Robert Hoy, 82, American actor (The Enforcer) and stuntman, died of cancer.
- Anna Samokhina, 47, Russian actress, died of stomach cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 9, 2010
- Jacques Hétu, 71, Canadian composer, died of lung cancer.
- Patricia Travers, 82, American violinist, died of cancer.
- Walter Frederick Morrison, 90, rancher, pilot, carpenter and inventor of the flying disk toy later called Frisbee. He died of lung cancer at his Utah home. He was 90.
Cancer Deaths - February 10, 2010
- Judith Paige Mitchell, 77, American television writer, died of cancer.
- H. V. F. Winstone, 83, British writer and journalist, died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 12, 2010
- Sheldon Gilgore, 77, American physician, President of Pfizer (1971–1986) and Searle (1986–1995), died of pancreatic cancer.
- Allan Kornblum, 71, American lawyer, counsel to the F.B.I., died of esophageal cancer.
- Bernard Smith, 99, American sailboat designer, died of liver cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 13, 2010
- Dale Hawkins, 73, American rockabilly musician, died of colorectal cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 14, 2010
- Doug Fieger, 57, American lead singer and guitarist with the band The Knack who had a huge hit in 1979 with the song My Sharona. He died at his Woodland Hills, California home at the age of 57. The cause was lung cancer.
- Lee Freeman, 60, American rhythm guitarist (Strawberry Alarm Clock), died of cancer.
- Linnart Mäll, 71, Estonian historian, orientalist, translator and politician, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 15, 2010
- George Waring, 84, British actor (Coronation Street), died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 16, 2010
- Jim Bibby, 65, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), died of bone cancer.
- Bo Griffin, 51, American radio and television personality, died of colorectal cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 18, 2010
- Barton Childs, 93, American physician and geneticist, died of complications of lung cancer.
- Alan Gordon, 65, Scottish football player, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 20, 2010
- Linda Grover, 76, American peace activist, founder of Global Family Day, uterine and ovarian cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 22, 2010
- Robin Davies, 56, British actor, died of lung cancer.
- Rozy Munir, 67, Indonesian diplomat, ambassador to Qatar, died of liver cancer.
- Bobby Smith, 56, Scottish footballer, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 23, 2010
- Gerhardt Neef, 63, German footballer (Rangers), died of throat cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 24, 2010
- Ang It-hong, 82, Taiwanese singer, songwriter, composer and actor, died of pancreatic cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 25, 2010
- Ahmet Vardar, 73, Turkish journalist and writer, died of pancreatic cancer.
- Frank Williams, 73, American architect (Trump Palace, Four Seasons Hotel New York), died of esophageal cancer.
Cancer Deaths - February 28, 2010
- Rose Gray, 71, British restaurateur (The River Café) and food writer, died of brain cancer.
- Gene Greytak, 84, American impressionist (Pope John Paul II), died of cancer.
- Carlos Montemayor, 62, Mexican writer, died of stomach cancer.
Famous and Notable Cancer Deaths in March 2010
Cancer Deaths - March 2, 2010
- Winston Spencer-Churchill, 69,generally known as Winston Churchill, was a British Conservative Party politician, MP for Stretford (1970–1983) and Davyhulme (1983–1997), and a grandson of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, died of prostate cancer.
- Paul Drayton, 70, American athlete, 1964 Olympic gold and silver medalist, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 4, 2010
- Alfredo Jos da Silva, 80, popularly known as Johnny Alf, was a Brazilian singer and composer, sometimes known as the "Father of Bossa Nova", died of prostate cancer.
- Roger Newman, 69, British-born American actor and television writer (Guiding Light, Passions), died of cancer.
- Lolly Vegas, 70, American singer (Redbone), died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 6, 2010
- Mansour Amir-Asefi, 76, Iranian Olympic footballer, died of cancer.
- Dener Pacheco, 27, Brazilian actor, died of stomach and lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 7, 2010
- Sergo Anastasi Mikoyan, 81, was one of the Soviet Union's leading historians who specialized on the foreign policies of the Soviet Union and the United States in Latin America.
- Richard Stites, 78, American historian and author, died of complications from cancer.
- Ben Westlund, 60, American politician, Oregon State Treasurer (2009–2010), died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 8, 2010
- David Kimche, 82, Israeli diplomat, Mossad spy (1953–1980), died of brain cancer.
- Jerry E. Smith, 59, was an American author, lecturer, poet, and editor, died of pancreatic cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 9, 2010
- Catherine Itzin, 65, American feminist academic, honorary research fellow (University of Bradford), died of duodenal cancer.
- Wilfy Rebimbus, 67, Indian musician, died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 11, 2010
- Merlin Olsen, 69, Hall of Fame football player who made a successful transition to television as a colour commentator on NFL broadcasts and acting on Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy. He died of lung cancer associated with exposure to asbestos.
- Leena Peltonen-Palotie, 57, Finnish geneticist. She was considered one of the world's leading molecular geneticists, died of bone cancer.
- Sandy Scott, 75, Canadian professional wrestler, died of pancreatic cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 12, 2010
- David Ahenakew, 76, a native rights activists and former leader of the Assembly of First Nations who made an anti-Semitic remark at a dinner in 2002 that was widely published. He was twice tried for inciting hatred and lost his membership in the Order of Canada over the remarks. He died in hospital in Saskatchewan of cancer.
- Miguel Delibes, 89, Spanish author, journalist and scholar, died of colorectal cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 13, 2010
- Jerry Adler, 91, American harmonicist, died of prostate cancer.
- Terry Heffernan, 58, New Zealand politician, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 14, 2010
- Edmund Dinis, 85, American prosecutor, investigated Chappaquiddick incident, complications of treatment for lymphoma.
- Buddy Tudor, 74, American businessman,was a general contractor and real estate developer inPineville, Louisiana, whose family-owned Tudor Construction Company and Tudor Enterprises together surpassed a billion dollars in development, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 15, 2010
- Robert Hodgins, 89, South African artist, died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 17, 2010
- Wayne Collett, 60, American athlete, 1972 Summer Olympics silver medalist, died of cancer.
- Sid Fleischman, 90, American children's writer, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 18, 2010
- Donald P. Kelly, 88, American leveraged buyout investor (Beatrice Foods), cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 20, 2010
- Ian Knight, 69, British stage designer, died of cancer.
- Ai Ogawa, 62, American poet. Florence Anthony was a National Book Award winning American poet and educator who legally changed her name to Ai Ogawa (Japanese: 愛小川). She won the National Book Award for Poetry for Vice, died of breast cancer.
- Mikel Scicluna, 80, Canadian professional wrestler, died of liver cancer.
- Yang Lina, 47, Singaporean actress (Samsui Women), died of uterine cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 22, 2010
- Özhan Canaydın, 67, Turkish basketball player, president of Galatasaray S.K. (2002–2008), died of pancreatic cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 23, 2010
- Midge Costanza, 77, American social and political activist, advisor to President Jimmy Carter, died of cancer.
- Jiro Nagasawa, 78, Japanese Olympic swimmer and national coach. He is credited with the invention of the modern Butterfly stroke, died of throat cancer.
- Sulaiman Daud, 77, Malaysian politician, minister (1981–1999), died of liver cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 24, 2010
- Elijah Alexander, 39, American football player (Indianapolis Colts), died of multiple myeloma.
- Martin Elliott, 63, British photographer (Tennis Girl), died of cancer.
- Johnny Maestro, 70, American singer (The Crests, The Brooklyn Bridge), died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 25, 2010
- Pål Bang-Hansen, 72, Norwegian film director, actor and film critic, died of skin cancer.
- Zainal Abidin Ahmad, 71, Malaysian politician, died of brain cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 26, 2010
- Franklin D. Burgess, 75, American federal judge, died of cancer.
- Lara Jones, 34, British children's author and illustrator, died of melanoma.
- Charles Ryskamp, 81, American art collector and museum director (Frick Collection, Pierpont Morgan Library), died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 28, 2010
- Fred Ascani, 92, was an American Major General and test pilot of the United States Air Force. He was one of the "Men of Mach 1" and was considered father of Systems Engineering at Wright Field, died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 30, 2010
- John Bunch, 88, American jazz pianist, died of melanoma.
- Jaime Escalante, 79, American mathematics teacher, inspiration for film Stand and Deliver, died of bladder cancer.
Cancer Deaths - March 31, 2010
- Burton Joseph, 79, American First Amendment lawyer, died of brain cancer.
Famous and Notable Cancer Deaths in April 2010
Cancer Deaths - April 2, 2010
- Miguel Angel Cuellar Santana, 72, familiarly known as Mike Cuellar] was a Cuban left-handed starting pitcher who spent fifteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals,Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles and California Angels. His best years were spent with the Orioles, won 1970 World SeriesChampionship, died of stomach cancer.
- Sonia McMahon (Lady McMahon), 77, Australian socialite, widow of former Prime Minister Sir William McMahon, died of cancer.
- Carolyn Rodgers, 69, was a Chicago-based American poet and a founder of one of America’s oldest and largest black presses, Third World Press. She got her start in the literary circuit as a young woman studying under Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks in the South Side of Chicago, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 3, 2010
- Jim Pagliaroni, 72, was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher from 1955-1969 for the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Pilots, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 4, 2010
- Matt Cook, 22, Canadian ice sledge hockey player, died of bone cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 5, 2010
- Jerry Elliott, 73, American jurist, Kansas Court of Appeals (since 1987), died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 6, 2010
- Jack Flannery, 57, American off-road racer, died of cancer.
- Wilma Mankiller, 64, American activist, first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (1985–1995), died of pancreatic cancer.
- Anthony Perici, 89, Maltese-born American politician, Mayor of Twinsburg, Ohio (1976–1987), died of cancer.
- Dimitris Tsiogkas, 54, Greek politician, member of Parliament (2001–2008), died of cancer.
- Eddie Carroll, 76, the voice of the Disney cartoon Jiminy Cricket for nearly 40 years, died in Los Angeles of brain cancer. He was 76. Born Eddie Eleniak in Smoky Lake, Alta., Carroll grew up in Edmonton.
Cancer Deaths - April 7, 2010
- Chris Limahelu, 59, American football place kicker (USC), died of dprostate cancer.
- Betty Paraskevas, 81, American writer and lyricist, died of pancreatic cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 8, 2010
- Malcolm McLaren, 64, creator and manager of the British punk band the Sex Pistols, a leading influence in the punk music genre, died of cancer in at a hospital in Switzerland.
- Guy Kewney, 63, British technology journalist (Personal Computer World), died of colorectal cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 9, 2010
- Bob Franks, 58, American politician, member of the House of Representatives from New Jersey (1993–2001), died of cancer
- Hisashi Inoue, 75, Japanese pacifist playwright, died of lung cancer.
- Robert Lau Hoi Chew, 68, Malaysian politician, Deputy Minister for Transport,died of liver cancer.
- Kenneth McKellar, 82, Scottish singer, died of pancreatic cancer.
- Lou Ritter, 84, American politician, Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida (1965–1967), died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 10, 2010
- Dixie Carter, 70, an American actress best known for playing Julia Sugarbaker in the 1980s television comedy Designing Women, died in Houston of endometrial cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 11, 2010
- Vicki Draves, 85, American Olympic diver, died of pancreatic cancer.
- Julia Tsenova, 61, Bulgarian composer and musician, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 12, 2010
- Michel Chartrand, 93, Quebec Labour leader and activist who was jailed for four months during the 1970 October crisis, died in Montreal of kidney cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 13, 2010
- Jorge Bontemps, 32, Argentine footballer, died of lung cancer.
- Steve Reid, 66, American jazz drummer, died of throat cancer.
- Charlie Timmins, 87, English footballer (Coventry City), died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 14, 2010
- Gene Kiniski, 81, Canadian professional wrestler from the 1950s through the 1970s. He died of cancer in Blaine, Washington.
- Greville Starkey, 70, British jockey, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 15, 2010
- Joseph Azzolina, 84, American politician, member of the New Jersey General Assembly (1992–2006), died of pancreatic cancer.
- Michael Pataki, 72, American character actor and voice actor (George Liquor), died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 16, 2010
- Daryl Gates, 83, American police official, chief of police of the Los Angeles Police Department (1978–1992), died of bladder cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 17, 2010
- Alejandro Robaina, 91, Cuban tobacco grower, died of cancer.
- John Carl Warnecke, 91, American architect (John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame), died of complications of pancreatic cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 18, 2010
- Ambrose D'Mello, 87, Indian Jesuit priest, first Jesuit Provincial of India, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 19, 2010
- Dick Zimmer, 77, American politician, City Commissioner (Dayton, Ohio), died of cancer.
- MC Guru, 43, a New York City-based rapper whose real name was Keith Elam. Guru is credited with fusing jazz into rap and hip hop. He died of cancer in New York.
Cancer Deaths - April 20, 2010
- Walter F. Murphy, 80, American political scientist and author, died of cancer.
- Andrea West, 57, Australian politician, member of the House of Representatives (1996–1998), died of breast cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 21, 2010
- Whitney Robson Harris, 97, American lawyer, last surviving American prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials, died of complications from cancer.
- Deborah Remington, 79, American artist, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 22, 2010
- Peter B. Denyer, 56, British engineer, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 23, 2010
- Peter Porter, 81, Australian-born British poet, died of liver cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 26, 2010
- Ljiljana Buttler, 65, was a singer born in former Yugoslavia. Her nickname was The Mother of Gypsy Soul, died of cancer.
- Fred Halliday, 64, Irish academic, scholar of international relations, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 28, 2010
- Ian Valz, 52, Guyanese actor and playwright, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 29, 2010
- Avigdor Arikha, 81, Romanian-born Israeli painter, died of complications of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - April 30, 2010
- Ron Fimrite, 79, American sports journalist (Sports Illustrated), pancreatic died of cancer.
- Steve Strayhorn, 56, American drummer (A Full Moon Consort), died of cancer.
Famous and Notable Cancer Deaths in May 2010
Cancer Deaths - May 1, 2010
- Danny Aiello III, 53, was a stunt performer, stunt coordinator, director, and actor in film and television. He was the son of actor Danny Aiello. Died from pancreatic cancer.
- Don Caruth, 59, American politician, minority leader of the West Virginia Senate, died from brain cancer.
- Rob McConnell, 75, was a Canadian jazz valve trombonist, composer, arranger, music educator, and recording artist. In 1997, McConnell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and in 1998 was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, died from cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 2, 2010
- Lynn Redgrave, 67, British actress and playwright. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2002, had a mastectomy in January 2003, and chemotherapy. She died from breast cancer on May 2, 2010. Her brother, actor Corin Redgrave, 70, also a cancer patient, had died less than a month before.
Cancer Deaths - May 3, 2010
- Charles C. Barham, 75, American politician, Louisiana State Senator (1964–1972, 1976–1988), died from cancer.
- Stephen Ledogar, 80, was a United States ambassador and diplomat, died from bladder cancer.
- Bill Clement, 61, Canadian politician from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is known as “the Mayor of Charleswood” because he had represented the area for nearly 30 years. He died from cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 4, 2010
- David E. Apter, 85, American political scientist. was an American political scientist. He was Henry J Heinz Professor Emeritus of Comparative Political and Social Development and Senior Research Scientist at Yale University, died from complications of cancer.
- Dustin Shuler, 61, was an American sculptor, best known for a 1989 piece called the Spindle, which consisted of a 50 foot spike with eight cars impaled on it, died from pancreatic cancer.
- Ernie Harwell, 92, died of cancer at his home in Novi, Michigan. For 40 years, Harwell was the play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Tigers baseball team.
Cancer Deaths - May 5, 2010
- Joseph Kearney, 83, was a renowned coach and sports administrator in university athletics, died of pancreatic cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 6, 2010
- Dennis Sharp, 76, was a British architect, professor, curator, historian, author and editor, died from cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 7, 2010
- Francisco Aguabella, 84, was an Cuban-born American jazz percussionist whose career began in the 1950s, died from cancer.
- Babz Chula, 64, American actress who lived in Canada. She received the Artistic Achievement Award by the Vancouver Women in Film Society in 1995, died from cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 8, 2010
- Bruce Alford, Sr.,87, American football player (New York Yanks), and line judge, died from cancer.
- Shadreck Biemba, 45, Zambian footballer and coach, died from cancer.
- Mark Shannon, 59, (born Mark Jackson Fullerton) was a long-time conservative radio personality who lived in Edmond, Oklahoma, died from cancer of the blood.
Cancer Deaths - May 9, 2010
- Hans Dijkstal, 67, Dutch politician, Minister of the Interior and Deputy Prime Minister (1994-1998), died from cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 10, 2010
- Mac Mohan, 71, (real name Mohan Makijany), was a well known Indian character actor in Hindi language films (Sholay), died from lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 12, 2010
- Charlie Francis, 61, was a sprint coach most noteworthy for being the trainer of sprinter Ben Johnson, the first competitor to be stripped of an Olympic gold medal for using banned drugs. Francis was banned by Athletics Canada following his admissions at the 1989 Dubin inquiry that he had introduced Johnson to steroids.Canadian track coach, died from lymphoma.
- Antonio Ozores, 81, Spanish actor, died from cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 16, 2010
- Ronnie James Dio, 67, (real name Ronald James Padavona), was an Italian-American heavy metalvocalist and songwriter. (Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio), died from stomach cancer.
- Oswaldo López Arellano, 88, Honduran politician, President (1963–1971, 1972–1975), died from prostate cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 19, 2010
- Martin Cohan, 77, was a television producer and writer. Cohan co-created the sitcom, Who's the Boss?, which aired on ABC from 1984 until 1992, with business partner, Blake Hunter. Cohan is also credited with creating Silver Spoons, which ran on NBC from 1982 to 1987 and launched the career of actor Rick Schroder, died from large cell lymphoma.
Cancer Deaths - May 21, 2010
- Will Munro, 35, an extraordinary Canadian artist, club promoter, and restaurateur known for his work as a community builder among disparate Toronto groups,died from brain cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 22, 2010
- Hasri Ainun Habibie, 72, Indonesian First Lady (1998–1999), died from cervical cancer.
- Buz Lukens, 79, American politician, U.S. Representative for Ohio (1967–1971; 1987–1990), died from cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 23, 2010
- Marianna O'Gallagher, 84, Canadian Irish Quebecer historian, diet from lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 24, 2010
- Morrie Martin, 87, American baseball player, died from lung cancer.
- Stella Nova, 50, British guitarist, diet from cancer.
- Katherine Reback, 59, American screenwriter (Fools Rush In), died of complications from cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 25, 2010
- Alexander Belostenny, 51, Ukrainian basketball player, died from lung cancer.
- Clifford Grodd, 86, American clothier, President and CEO of Paul Stuart, died from cancer.
- Michael H. Jordan, 73, American business executive, died from complications of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 26, 2010
- Pat Stevens, 64, American actress and voice actress (M*A*S*H, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo), died from breast cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 27, 2010
- Peter Keefe, 57, American animation producer and executive (Voltron, Denver, the Last Dinosaur), died from throat cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 29, 2010
- Dennis Hopper, 74, American actor and film director. Best known now for intense performances in such movies as Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet and Hoosiers, he emerged from years of supporting roles to direct and act in the iconic biker movie Easy Rider, a smash hit. Died from prostate cancer.
- Randolph Stow, 74, Australian writer, died from liver cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 30, 2010
- Bruce Harris, 55, British executive director of Casa Alianza (1989–2004), died from pancreatic cancer.
- Peter Orlovsky, 76, American poet, died from lung cancer.
- Jeanne Robinson, 62, American dancer and novelist, wife of Spider Robinson, died from biliary tract cancer.
- Rudi Vis, 69, British politician, MP for Finchley and Golders Green (1997–2010), died from cancer.
Cancer Deaths - May 31, 2010
- William A. Fraker, 86, American cinematographer, died from cancer.
- Rubén Juárez, 62, Argentine singer-songwriter and bandoneónist, died from prostate cancer.
The above list includes deaths from all types of cancer from January 1, 2010 up to May 31, 2010. This list includes famous celebrities and the not-so-famous people but their deaths are also worth mentioning.
However, this list is just a small fraction of people who died of cancer in 2010. Thousands more died of cancer that year. Lest we forget.
Thank you all for reading.
LULU SUE1987 on June 04, 2011:
I know it took a lot of work to put this together. Cancer is a devastting disease. I lost my 18 year old nephew on Feb. 28, 2011 to this killer. We need cures, we need cures.
Rosie Rose (author) from Toronto, Canada on March 02, 2011:
Hiya Loveslove, thanks for dropping by. I'm sorry to hear about your family and friends who died from cancer. Let's all pray for cancer cure soon. I'm glad you found my cancer deaths hub informative.. It's a long one, but it's a tribute and also a reminder that we are all potential victims.
Have a nice day,
Loveslove from England on March 02, 2011:
WOW !! took some time to read this one..but it certainly opens your eyes to the massive effect Cancer has on all our lives .
My first real brush with Cancer was when my dad died,although looking back my grandparents all died from it in one form or another...I have lost at least 15 friends in the past 40 years and family too ,with Cancer one just recently..It is certainly a dreadful disease and I like many pray for the discovery of a cure soon.
Thanks for an informative Hub Rosie X
Rosie Rose (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 15, 2011:
Hiya my dear friend Jackie, I'm so happy to see you. You are right.. we all have a birth date and a death date and what we do in between those date, is the one that matters.. it is our life. I'm glad you like my hub. Take care gf. hugsss
Have a nice day,
Jackie Paulson from USA IL on February 15, 2011:
Ya know this hub makes me realize the sadness of the loss from the families whom have lost such great souls. We each have a birth day and a death date: like my mother 1938-1972
But it's what we DO in Between those dashes that COUNT. Wonderful hub Rosie2010.
Rosie Rose (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 13, 2011:
Hiya Anne, thanks for dropping by. You are so right.. each day we wake without cancer is a blessed day. Researching this article made me more aware of that fact. God bless
Have a nice day,
Rosie Rose (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 13, 2011:
Hiya rmcrayne, thanks for dropping by. Thanks for the hat's off.. it's a such a big project. I'll be honest and say that not all photos could be found in Wikimedia Commons. I had to search the internet for photos that are pretty much safe to be used. Some I had to figure out which one is the dead John Smith as some names would bring up a number of different pictures.. so I had to trace each picture and see if that's the picture of the person who died from cancer. Some pictures are just thumb size but better than nothing. A few I had spent lots of time researching but in vain. Photos are important to remember these cancer victims.
Have a nice day,
Anne Nowlin on February 13, 2011:
Something we all need to be aware of is that these are some of the famous/infamous cancer deaths. Unfortunately, cancer knows no bounds in race, color, creed, age, income bracket, etc. It strikes us all and each day we wake up and have a full day w/out cancer striking us, is a blessed day.
rmcrayne from San Antonio Texas on February 12, 2011:
Wow! Hat's off to you for this herculean effort. All these images were available for legal use through Creative Commons?! Wow!
Rosie Rose (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 12, 2011:
Hiya my dear friend Rhonda, I'm sorry that your late husband was lost to cancer.. I lost mine from heart disease, and yes the pain and loss never go away. I'm glad I did this research.. I've become more aware of this deadly disease. Thanks again for including me in your profile.. you are just the sweetest thang! hugssss
Have a nice day,
Rhonda Musch from The Emerald Coast on February 12, 2011:
A long sad list I agree. My late husband passed away with brain cancer in 2001. It was so hard to watch him wither away.My kids were 8 and 4 years old. It still hard. The pain and loss never go away.
Sweet wishes Rhonda
Rosie Rose (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 12, 2011:
Hiya Will, yes it is a long list and sadly it will get longer. You are absolute right, prostate cancer is the big cancer killer for men. I'm glad the PSA test saved your life. Take care
Have a nice day,
WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on February 12, 2011:
A long, sad list Rosie.
To the men out there...get a PSA test. I am told that prostate cancer kills more men than breast cancer kills women, so get tested!
One saved my life.