Many individuals were affected by cancer in the year 2021, including those in the spotlight. Here’s a roundup of the most-read cancer-related news impacting celebrities this year.
Cancer does not discriminate when it comes to fame or social status, with individuals from all walks of life being affected by the disease.
CURE® looked back at noteworthy celebrity cancer-related news of 2021.
In October, San Francisco-based rapper Berner announced that he received a diagnosis of cancer via blood test. “It’s time for the biggest challenge of my life and I’m ready!” he wrote on Instagram, “… Love you guys, it’s time to fight.”
After receiving a stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis in January, 44-year-old actor Dustin Diamond died of the disease on Feb. 1. Diamond was most well-known for his role of “Screech” on the sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” which ran from 1989 to 1993. After his death, fellow actors from the show took to social media to remember their castmate. “Dustin, you will be missed my man. The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers for your family will continue on,” wrote Mario Lopez.
Granville Adams, who played Zahir Arif on the HBO show “Oz,” died one year after receiving a cancer diagnosis. His wife Christina announced his death on Instagram, stating, “Granny is now in peace and not suffering anymore. He fought till the end with a strength, beauty and grace like no other, putting his family before himself til the final moments.”
Actress and comedian Kathy Griffin used her lung cancer diagnosis as a platform to fight against stigma related to the disease, as the American Cancer Society reports that about 16% of lung cancers in women are diagnosed in never-smokers.
In August, ESPN sportscaster and former basketball coach Dick Vitale had a melanoma scare. A few months later in October, he received a diagnosis of lymphoma. Despite the diagnosis, Vitale kept his spirits high, and returned to commentating the next month after undergoing treatment.
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