Born Steven Terrance McQueen on March 24th, 1930. Beloved Husband and father. Avid race-car driver, actor, movie and TV Star – Legend, all around Cool Dude and victim of Mesothelioma. He died November 7, 1980.
Best known for his roles in films such as The Sand Pebbles, Bullitt, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair and, Papillion, Steve McQueen wowed the American population. Nick-named “The King of Cool”, he was the “Bad Boy” that other men wanted to be and women wanted to be with.
McQueen developed a chronic cough in 1978 and had difficulty breathing on a movie set the following year. McQueen barely ran 15 yards during the filming of an action sequence before requesting oxygen assistance. Later in 1979, doctors diagnosed him with mesothelioma. In July of 1980, McQueen traveled to Rosarita Beach, Mexico, to be treated in a clinic by doctors using a variety of very aggressive therapies. He underwent a torturous three-month regimen that involved fetal animal injections, laetrile treatments (controversial drug made from apricot pits), ingestion of over 100 vitamins per day, coffee enemas, massages, and spiritual sessions. In November of 1980, doctors operated to remove cancerous masses from McQueen’s abdomen and neck. McQueen survived the surgery, but he died the next day.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is nearly always attributable to asbestos exposure. Before he died, McQueen traced his mesothelioma diagnosis to asbestos exposure first in the Marine Corp, then to the flame-retardant driving suits he wore so often while racing cars and motorcycles, his lifelong passion.
Steve McQueen was quoted as saying “You see, I don’t believe in that grabbin’ and grabbin’ and stuffin yourself and not givin’ anythin’ or puttin’ it back. ” Even in his death, Steve McQueen gave back. He brought a much needed awareness to the disease and the cause: Exposure to ASBESTOS.
The Warren Zevon “Keep Me In Your Heart” Memorial Tribute will be presented at noon on March 31, 2012, at The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s ADAO’s 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference in Manhattan Beach, California honoring the life of Steve McQueen. Barbara McQueen will accept the award on behalf of her late husband.
ADAO’s 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, Asbestos: “An International Public Health Crisis, will be held March 30 – April 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The conference brings together renowned experts and asbestos victims in a united forum to enhance asbestos awareness, education, treatment, and collaboration. The conference is made possible with the partnership of the Environmental Information Association (EIA) and Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP).