Terrence McCann might not be a name that you immediately recognize, but in the late 1950s and early 1960s his dominance on the wrestling mat was legendary.
As a competitor for the University of Iowa, he won two Big Ten titles and two national championships. He eventually went on to win a gold medal for the United States in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1977. He is truly a legend in the sport of wrestling.
McCann would have turned 78 on this March 23, but he was a victim of the deadly cancer mesothelioma, which is caused by asbestos fibers. He died in 2006 of complications from the disease, which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world.
McCann believed he was exposed to the asbestos that caused his death while briefly working for an oil refinery in Oklahoma as a youngster. He contended that a boiler at the plant used asbestos as insulation.
Asbestos exposure of any length can cause a wide range of medical complications, most notably mesothelioma and asbestosis.
The United States took home three gold medals for freestyle wrestling in Rome, including McCann’s win in the bantamweight class. It was an Olympiad that highlighted the intense athletic rivalry between the United States and Soviet Union. McCann came home from the games an American hero.
Later in life, Terry McCann spent much of his time taking on the powerful organizations that had been the root of several different health issues in his life, including his asbestos-related disease.
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