The faces of pancreatic cancer run the gamut of humanity. Like so many diseases, it has no respecter of race, sex or geographic location, though the vast majority of individuals diagnosed are over the age of 40. It has claimed many lives, including several beloved celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, education and even realms of scientific exploration and engineering. Here are 11 celebrities who were diagnosed with the deadly disease at various points in life, including one screen legend who is still battling the disease.
11. Sally Ride
She was the unassuming, never-guess-it, “I-can-do-that” woman who became known as the first American woman in space. Considering current social agendas, Sally Ride is also considered the first LGBT astronaut. This was a relatively unknown fact, because Sally was married to fellow astronaut Steve Hawley for many years. Sally was an individual who kept her personal life very private. This included her long term relationship with Tam O’Shaughnessy, as well as her cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. After Sally’s first Space Shuttle flight in 1983, she remained active in the scientific community and wrote several science books for children with O’Shaughnessy. Sally was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early in 2011, and was eventually consumed by the disease in July of 2012. She was 61 years old.