2005-01-27 09:01:04 UTC
For the past few days, I've been working on a collection of names of
famous or notable people who died from smoking related causes (i.e.
lung cancer, throat cancer, heart failure, emphysema, etc.). This is
what I have so far:
John Agar, first husband of Shirley Temple Black
Stephen E. Ambrose
Carl Barger, President of the Florida Marlins
George Granville Barker
John Butler, General Manager of the San Diego Chargers
Lon Chaney, Sr.
Nat King Cole
Luiz Jose Costa
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Joe DiMaggio, Jr.
Morton Downey, Jr.
John Henry Falk
F. Scott Fitzgerald
A. Bartlett Giamatti
Dorothy Jo Gideon, wife of Bob Barker
Nancy Gore Hunger, sister of Al Gore
Stephen Jay Gould
Ulysses S. Grant
Carrie Hamilton, daughter of Carol Burnett
Glenn Hughes, the biker from the Village People
Andy Kaufman died of oat cell carcinoma which is not associated with
smoking. Andy never smoked.
King George V
King George VI
King George VII
King Edward VIII
Patrick Kennedy, son of John F. & Jackie Kennedy was born prematurely
and died after 2 days. His death was attributed to his mother's smoking
Gypsy Rose Lee
Alan Jay Lerner
Edward R. Murrow
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowden
Stanley Ralph Ross
Pee Wee Reese
Cal Ripken, Sr., father of Cal Ripken, Jr.
George C. Scott
Ayatollah Mohammed Mehdi Shamseddine
Bob H. Smith
Fred "Sonic" Smith
Jean Vander Pyl
William Griffith Wilson
George Yennimatas, Greek National Economy Minister
A. Coleman Young, Detroit, Michigan's longest-serving mayor
Not that it matters much but just a day after I started working on the
list for Wikipedia, Johnny Carson passed away from emphysema. You
know, Carson smoked regularly when he worked on "The Tonight Show." He
apparently, tried to disguise his habit by quickly puffing when the
camera wasn't on him and then hid the cigarette under his desk. I
heard that he also had a clever way to hid the rising smoke by having a
special fan under his desk.
I saw Ed McMahon interviewed on "The New Tom Green Show" on MTV. When
asked about what Carson was up to at the time, McMahon told Green that
he had emphysema because Johnny was a "really bad smoker." McMahon
also pointed out Green's knack of smoking cigarettes during and/or just
after commercial breaks (I assume as a homage to Carson).
For those who care, just before I started working on the list for
Wikipedia, I started another informal page/site concerning celebrity
smoking. I wanted to tie the afordmentioned Tom Green into this with
his ex-wife Drew Barrymore:
Description Category: Smoking
"'I get through anywhere from two to three packs a day', she declares,
with undeniable relish. 'It's disgusting. It's awful. But I love it!
Ooh I love it. If there could be an alcoholic word for smoking then
that would be me. I'm a smokaholic. Definitely. Marlboros. That's my
brand. It's such a great consistent taste. I love everything about
smoking. I love the it cures my oral fixations. I love that it's
something to do, it's somthing in my hand. I like the smell of it, the
taste of it, I love smoking! I love the first one in the morning, I
love the last one before I go to bed and every one in between. If I
could I would smoke and eat at the same time. Whether it's obsessions
or fixations, this is definitely one of mine. But if it's a fault, then
it's one I take pride in'", GQ Magazine, Apr. '95
Created: Jan 15, 2005