‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Dies, Hank Green Launches Cancer Comedy Series and More

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From Ian Gelder of “Game of Thrones” dying of cancer to Hank Green’s upcoming cancer comedy series, here’s what’s happening in the oncology space this week.

A “Game of Thrones” actor died of cancer.

Ian Gelder, the British actor known for his role as Kevan Lannister in the HBO series, “Game of Thrones,” died of cancer. He was 74 years old.

Gelder’s death was announced on Instagram by his husband Ben Daniels. He wrote, “It is with huge huge sadness and a heavy heart broken into a million pieces that I’m leaving this post to announce the passing of my darling husband and life partner Ian Gelder. Ian was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in December and yesterday he passed at [1:07 p.m.].”

Daniels wrote that he stopped working to take care of Gelder, “but neither of us had any idea that it would all be so fast.”

Hank Green will launch a stand-up comedy series called “Pissing Out Cancer.”

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YouTuber Hank Green announced an upcoming comedy series called "Pissing Out Cancer."

Hank Green, an author and YouTuber, recently announced that he will be taking part in “Dropout Presents,” a series of live-recorded comedy specials on the streaming service, Dropout. According to Variety, Green’s act is called “Pissing Out Cancer,” and was taped at Dynasty Typewriter in Los Angeles.

Green announced in May 2023 that he received a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a type of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system.

In a trailer for the show, Green joked, “There are good parts about cancer.”

Anaheim Ducks goalie coach announced being cancer-free.

Sudarshan “Sudsie” Maharaj, the goaltending coach for the Anaheim Ducks ice hockey team, recently announced that he’s cancer-free a year after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

“It’s been an emotional year for my family and me, culminating with the incredible news that I am cancer-free,” said Maharaj in a news release from the sports team. “There are so many people for me to thank. The support I received from around the league is beyond words. The hockey world is an incredible place.

“I wouldn’t be here today without the support of my wife, Yvonne, and two daughters, Alexandra and Katherine. In many ways I am extremely lucky, beginning with having them in my life.”

Maharaj received his diagnosis in May 2023 and said he was given a low chance of survival. But, he underwent major surgery to remove his entire gallbladder, some of his small intestines, pancreas and stomach. He also received 11 rounds of chemotherapy and also faced numerous challenges during his cancer experience, the statement said.

“My good friend and fellow coach Mike Stothers, who is also winning his fight against cancer, reminded us all after his diagnosis that we should listen to our body and see a doctor if something feels off,” Maharaj said. “I did just that, and I’m alive today as a direct result. “

American artist Frank Stella died at age 87 from lymphoma.

Frank Stella, known as a renowned minimalist painter, died at age 87 from lymphoma.

"It has been a great honor to work with Frank for this past decade. His is a remarkable legacy, and he will be missed," a news statement from Marianne Boesky Gallery said. The gallery has been Stella’s representative since 2014.

For decades, Stella was considered one of the most influential American artists of his time. During the early 1960s, he was a pioneer of the minimalist movement, according to NPR.

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