Mesothelioma is a cancer most often associated with military service and blue-collar professions, but the asbestos-created disease has touched all walks of life. That includes the rich and the famous.
Steve McQueen, nicknamed The King of Cool, was well known for his anti-hero roles in The Magnificent Seven, Wanted: Dead or Alive, and Sand Pebbles. By the early 1970s, he was one of Americas highest-paid actors.
McQueen believed his exposure to asbestos started in the U.S. Marines Corps, then continued during his days racing motorcycles and cars his passion when he wore the flame-retardant driver suits.
He took his fight against mesothelioma to Mexico, where he traveled in search of alternative treatments. He died from a heart attack, shortly after surgery to remove a large tumor.