Steve McQueen diagnosed with mesothelioma before death – disease cause still present today
Steve McQueen was flying high in his career, having had hits such as The Great Escape (1963) and The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) under his belt, when cancer grew quietly inside his body.
Donning the nickname The King Of Cool, McQueen was making more movie blockbusters when he was hit with a diagnosis of mesothelioma in December 1979.
Less than a year later, on November 7, 1980, McQueen took his final breath at the age of 50; he was survived by his two children, Chad and Terry.
Steve McQueen starred in The War Lover, which is airing on Film 4, Monday, March 6 at 11am.