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The Melanoma Research Foundation reports that someone dies every hour in the United States from melanoma. Melanoma affects people of all ages, all races, all economic levels and both sexes. Melanoma has also claimed the lives of some notable people you may have heard of or seen on television.


Name Date of Death Bio
Tracy Hogg 11/25/04
Tracy Hogg, a child-care expert who was known as the Baby Whisperer and was the author of popular books on babies, died on Nov. 25 in northern England. She was 44. The cause was melanoma, said Stina Smemo, a spokeswoman for her British publisher, Vermilion, which is part of Random House. Ms. Hogg was a sought-after nanny with a celebrity clientele that included Jodie Foster, Cindy Crawford, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael J. Fox and Calista Flockhart. Her nickname was a reference to the book and film "The Horse Whisperer," about a trainer who could communicate with animals. Her skill, according to her Web site, was "an uncanny ability to understand what babies need by listening to their cries and tuning in to their body language."

(from the New York Times)

Terry Melcher 11/19/04

Music producer Terry Melcher, the son of 1950s movie icon Doris Day, famed for his work with the Beach Boys and for his brush with killer Charles Manson, died at the age of 62 after a long battle with melanoma.

Tom Auer 4/18/03

Tom Auer, publisher of the literary magazine, Bloomsbury Review, died after a four-year battle with melanoma. He was 50. He was devoted to producing the respected Denver- based literary magazine. Distributed worldwide, the magazine covers the literary world, offering book reviews, author interviews, essays and poetry. Click here for a link to a column in the Rocky Mountain News about Tom Auer.

Mark Londner 3/28/03
Mark Londner, a 30-year veteran of Florida television news who covered everything from the O.J. Simpson trial to the Gulf War, died three days short of his 56th birthday. Londner had been battling melanoma for three years and took a leave of absence from his reporting post at WSVN-Fox 7 in January as his condition worsened.

(From the Miami Herald).
Howard Squadron 12/26/01
Howard Squadron, a lawyer known for his ties to influential figures from presidents to choreographers, died of melanoma. He was 75. Squadron had high-profile clients such as media magnate Rupert Murdoch and Playboy magazine. He was considered a tough strategist and negotiator. Known for his nearly photographic memory and full Rolodex, Squadron had ties to Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, the owners of the famed Studio 54 nightclub. He also was David Dinkins' lawyer before Dinkins became mayor of New York. A longtime patron of the arts, Squadron led several cultural organizations, and was president of the American Jewish Congress from 1978 to 1984.
Catherine Voorsanger 12/24/01
An associate curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art who specialized in 19th- and early 20th-century American art, died of complications of melanoma. She was 51. She helped to organize last year's exhibit ``Art and the Empire City: New York 1825-1861,'' which traced the beginning of New York's ascendancy as a cultural capital.
Maureen Reagan 8/7/01
Daughter of former President Ronald Reagan. Worked as political analyst, radio talk show host, commentator and author of "First Father, First Daughter: A memoir." Maureen Reagan had battled skin cancer since 1996. She was hospitalized in early 2001 but released in June when her treatment appeared successful. But she learned shortly after that the tumors had spread to her brain.
Richard Rogers 7/14/01 Documentary filmmaker. Died from metastasized melanoma. Director of the Film Study Center at Harvard University. He made several films for PBS, including biographical films about poets Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams, and the novelist William Kennedy.
Bert Kramer 6/20/01 A familiar face on television for decades with appearances on such shows as Mission: Impossible, Mash, Rockford Files and Matlock.
John Milford 8/13/00
Appeared in dozens of TV shows including The Rifleman, The X Files, Marcus Welby, MD and Melrose Place in a career spanning three decades. He is credited for helping to create the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Cody Palance 7/15/98
Son of Oscar-winning actor Jack Palance. An actor in his own right he appeared alongside his father in the film Young Guns. He was 42 when he died from malignant melanoma in 1998. His father hosts the Cody Palance Memorial Golf Classic to raise funds and awareness for the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
Burgess Meredith 9/9/97

Famous actor who died from a combination of melanoma and Alzheimer's. Probably best known for his "Mickey" character in the "Rocky" movies. Appeared in more than 120 movies in his long Hollywood career including both "Grumpy Old Men" movies and "Clash of the Titans".

Eva Cassidy 11/2/96
Probably more famous after her death than in life, Eva Cassidy was an extraordinary vocalist, best known for her interpretation of Sting's "Fields of Gold." Sting was quoted as saying that he has rarely heard a "voice of such purity" after hearing her rendition of his classic song. For much more about Eva Cassidy and her music please visit a great website devoted to her and her music. As a testament to her musical abilities and loyal fans, the website is still updated today, more than six years after her death.
Bob Marley 5/11/81
He died of melanoma and brain cancer in 1981 at the age of 36, and is still the best-selling reggae artist in the world.


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