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Steve McQueen Died of Mesothelioma November 7, 1980

On November 7, 1980, the actor Steve McQueen, heartthrob and one of Hollywood’s leading men died at the age of 50 in Mexico.

McQueen first became ill in 1978 with a persistent cough which did not disappear even though he took antibiotics and stopped smoking. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 1979 and although it was believed that his exposure to asbestos may have come from wearing racing suits it was more likely to be from removing asbestos lagging from pipes aboard a ship when he was a Marine.

By early 1980 doctors told McQueen that his cancer was terminal and there was nothing they could do so he went to Mexico for non conventional treatment including daily injections of a non FDA approved supposed natural anti cancer drug. He then developed tumors in his abdomen and had an operation to remove them on November 6, 1980 and died the following day from heart failure.

McQueen was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

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