The list of famous people who have died of cancer is vast. With an estimated 565,000 deaths due to cancer each year, it is no surprise that those who have helped shaped our world in one way or another are not immune to the effects of cancer. There will be an estimated 1.5 million new cases of cancer this year alone.
- News anchor Peter Jennings died from lung cancer in 2005.
- Journalist Molly Ivins and singer Minnie Ripperton both died of breast cancer.
- Chief Justice William Rehnquist died of thyroid cancer after being diagnosed a year earlier.