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Richard Dawson

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From news articles I read today, Richard Dawson, who played many comedic roles, passed away recently with complications from Esophageal Cancer. Condolences to his family.

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I read that too. I sincerely hope that a star's death will shed more light on THE BEAST.
much sympathy to hid fsmily


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Unfortunately, all the news stories I saw about Mr. Dawson’s death reported only that he’d died “after a long fight with cancer,” with no mention of EC. I, too, was hoping they’d mention it so there could be more light shed on the beast.

Dx 8/3/11
MIE 9/23/11

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Read Morley's post below and it does specify he died of "complications due to esophageal cancer" from MSN.com. I also read this online from a couple other sites, but I also saw a site that did not specify the type of cancer. I too wish there was more information about his battle, the type of cancer, etc to raise awareness.

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Hopefully, this will give at least some information about this terrible cancer.

[copied excerpt]
Richard Dawson died over the weekend after discovering he had esophageal cancer, something his son and daughter say he found out about just weeks ago.
Gary and Shannon Dawson stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Monday, where they explained to Billy Bush and Kit Hoover that the game show host/actor was able to avoid the often difficultcancer treatments before he passed at 79.

"He was diagnosed with cancer just like three weeks ago, so it all just kind of happened really quickly. Luckily, he didn't have to go through all the bad treatments and stuff," son Gary explained. "He had a heart attack and went in the hospital. He was actually going in for his first radiation treatment when he had a heart attack."

Daughter Shannon, whose mom Gretchen Johnson was a contestant on "Family Feud" in 1981, said her famous dad had no idea about the cancer.

"There were no signs before. He just thought he had heartburn and then he found out he had stage four esophageal cancer," she told Billy and Kit.
Gary was thankful his dad passed peacefully, saying, "He didn't have to go through a horrible quality of life for six to 12 months.

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This is what I was wondering and it answered my questions!

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Dang! Another gone because doc did not follow up on heartburn. *$#!

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