Steve McQueen was one of the most cherished actors of the 20th century, appearing in such classic films as The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt, and The Thomas Crown Affair. His anti-hero persona allowed him to play challenging roles that most actors were not capable of undertaking. He remains a legend of American cinema.
This March 24 would havemarked McQueen’s 82nd birthday. But sadly, McQueen died of complications from the deadly asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma in 1980 when he was just 50-years-old.
Mesothelioma can affect people from all walks of life, and McQueen was an example of that. While some people are diagnosed with the disease know how they were exposed to asbestos fibers, others have never had noticeable contact with the substance. Shipbuilders, miners and construction workers tend to have higher frequency of mesothelioma exposure because their jobs often required them to come in contact with asbestos materials.
On the other hand, McQueen – who was an actor and stunt man for much of his professional life – did not have as clear a history of prolonged asbestos exposure.
As we remember Steve McQueen’s remarkable career and tragic death, we should also remember the deadly legacy that asbestos carries with it. For much of his life, McQueen could have encountered asbestos materials in building materials, car parts, cleaning supplies, fabrics, cigarette filters, and countless other products.
McQueen once said, “I don’t believe in that phony hero stuff.” He is, however, a hero to many for the way he took on on mesothelioma and tried to fight the disease that has has claimed the lives of so many, and eventually took his. When McQueen died, he was in Mexico still seeking treatments for his disease that American doctors warned could be fatal.
Individuals whose lives have been touched by mesothelioma may have various questions and concerns about the deadly illness. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos cancer and need help, call our convenient toll-free number 888-360-4215 to speak with a mesothelioma consultant, or fill out our simple contact form for a free, no-obligation legal consultation.