Posted tagged ‘Esophageal Cancer’

Minnesota Twins Legend Harmon Killebrew Dies

May 17, 2011

Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew died this morning at the age of 74.

The Major League Baseball legend passed away at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona after a long battle with esophageal cancer.

From ESPN:

“With the continued love and support of my wife, Nita, I have exhausted all options,” Killebrew said in a statement Friday. He added: “I have spent the past decade of my life promoting hospice care and educating people on its benefits. I am very comfortable taking this next step and experiencing the compassionate care that hospice provides.”

Killebrew was receiving treatment at a branch of the Mayo Clinic nearby after his diagnosis in December. He expressed optimism at the time, saying he expected to make a full recovery while acknowledging he was in “perhaps the most difficult battle” of his life.

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Actor Ron Silver Dies of Cancer

March 16, 2009

Award-winning actor and activist Ron Silver, who was Emmy-nominated for his role on the hit U.S. television drama “The West Wing,” died on yesterday of cancer at the age of 62.

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From Reuters:

“Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him early Sunday morning,” said Robin Bronk, executive director of the Creative Coalition, which Silver helped found.

Bronk said Silver was with his family in New York City and he had been fighting esophageal cancer for two years.

Bronk called Silver not only a very talented actor, but a champion of free speech and artists’ rights.

New York-based Creative Coalition is an art-oriented political group founded in 1989 by Silver, Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon, among others.

Silver, who won Broadway’s 1988 Tony Award for his work in David Mamet’s drama “Speed the Plow,” had been a longtime liberal activist, but after the September 11 attacks became an outspoken supporter of Republican President George W. Bush.

He was a featured speaker at the 2004 Republican National Convention, sometimes called himself a “9/11 Republican” and switched his party affiliation from Democrat to independent.

Silver said his shift in politics cost him jobs in liberal Hollywood, yet he remained sought out for his skills as a character actor.

His portrayal of White House strategist Bruno Gianelli on “The West Wing” was perhaps his best known part in recent years, but he earned another Emmy nomination for the murder thriller “Billionaire Boys Club.”

He had roles on the TV hospital drama “Chicago Hope” and the comedy “Veronica’s Closet,” and he won acclaim for playing lawyer Alan Dershowitz in the film “Reversal of Fortune.”

Born and raised in New York City, his father worked in the garment industry and his mother was a teacher. He earned a master’s degree in Chinese history from St. John’s University in New York and studied drama at the Actors Studio. Silver and ex-wife Lynne Miller had a son and a daughter.