Joe Jackson and Other Celebrities That Died of Pancreatic Cancer

Joe Jackson, American talent manager and patriarch of the Jackson family, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, July 27th. The man who gave us Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and of course, The Jackson 5 was 89 when he passed.

Joe Jackson wearing a fedora, smiling on the red carpet

Joe Jackson lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on July 27, 2018. | Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Joe Jackson isn’t the only celebrity to lose a battle with pancreatic cancer. We take a closer look at some of the most notable celebrities who died of pancreatic cancer, ahead.

1. Patrick Swayze

When Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in 2008, he had only a few months to live. However, Swayze beat the odds and battled the disease for 20 months before passing away on September 14, 2009.

2. Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was diagnosed with rare form of pancreatic cancer — called pancreatic neuroendocrine, or islet cell tumors — in August 2004. Apple’s co-founder famously kept his battle with cancer quiet but shared the information with employees in a company-wide email. “I have some personal news that I need to share with you, and I wanted you to hear it directly from me,” he wrote. “I had a very rare form of pancreatic cancer called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, which represents about 1 percent of the total cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed each year, and can be cured by surgical removal if diagnosed in time (mine was). I will not require any chemotherapy or radiation treatments,” he added.

Following the surgery, Jobs continued with his career. However, in 2006, his health started to decline again, and in 2011, Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple. The computer mogul died shortly after on October 5, 2011.

3. Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson had a history of health problems — including stroke and heart arrhythmia — before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In an interview with Daily Mail on June 21st, his son, Jermaine Jackson told Daily Mail “He’s very, very frail, he doesn’t have long. The family needs to be by his bedside — that’s our only intention in his final days.” And on Sunday, June 24th, Joe Jackson took to Twitter to share some final thoughts, stating: “I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see. The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes.” Joe Jackson died in the early morning on June 27, 2018, TMZ reports.

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in Harry Potter

Alan Rickman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2015. | Heyday Films

4. Alan Rickman

In August 2015, Alan Rickman suffered a minor stroke that led doctors to the discovery of pancreatic cancer. At the time, Rickman concealed the severity of his disease from the public and even attended charity events and first nights in the months leading up to his death. The actor grew seriously ill around Christmas 2015 and lost his battle on January 14, 2016.

5. Sally Ride

Sally Ride, NASA astronaut and the first American woman to go to space, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011. Like Swayze, she fought long and hard, but ultimately lost her battle after 17 months and passed away on July 23, 2012.

6. Donna Reed

When American film actress, Donna Reed was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 1985, she was already in the terminal stage. After a three month battle, Reed passed away on January 14, 1986.

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