teve McQueen was once the world’s most in-demand and highest paid actor—and millons of fans considered him the stylish macho “King of Cool.”
He died at age 50 (November 7, 1980), shortly after passing on a role in “The Towering Inferno 2.” The cause of death was a heart attack caused by post-operative pulmonary embolism. It occured the day after tumor removal surgery due to advanced malignant mesothelioma, caused by long-term asbestos exposure—in film studios, ships, motorcyles (exhaust system, brakes, gaskets), and fire retardent racing suits.
Steve was born in Beech Grove, Indiana. His alcoholic mother married and divorced several times. 2 of his step fathers beat him, one “to such an extent that at age 9, he left home to live on the streets” and joined a gang. In his older teen years he drifted from job to job—Merchant Marine, brothel employee, a roughneck, a carnival barker and a lumberjack—eventually joining the United States Marine Corps, after which he took some acting classes, discovered his gift, and became an extremely popular actor—#1 in the world. He normally performed his own stunts and frequently raced cars and motorcyles, and owned and flew aircraft.
He was once asked, “Do you believe in God?” He replied, “I believe in ME.”
He said you only go around once in life, and I’m going to grab a handful of it. Totally self-absorbed and arrogant
, he grabbed fame, fortune, and cool cars. There was relentless womanizing, and 2 beautiful actresses married and divorced. He severely abused drugs, alcohol and tobacco. How did it happen that he died with a Bible in his hand?
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