Actor Ed Lauter Dies from Mesothelioma at 74

Veteran character actor Ed Lauter has passed after a bout with mesothelioma, a rare but aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Source: Montreal Gazette

Lauter, passed from Mesothelioma on October 16, 2013

Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, who worked for more than 40 years in the film and television industry, including Clint Eastwood’s “Trouble with the Curve”, “Born on the Fourth of July” alongside Tom Cruise and “The Artist”, died Wednesday after a short bout with malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare but aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Lauter, 74, was diagnosed in May, his publicist said. Lauter joined a growing list of high-profile Americans who have been killed by mesothelioma, including Steve McQueen, Warren Zevon, and Paul Gleason.

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Many shipbuilders or other professions experiences prolonged exposure to asbestos, and developed the disease decades later from such exposure. Asbestos was used extensively in building materials throughout the 20th century, until the extent of the dangers caused by it caused a reassessment of its use.

There are an estimated 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma every year. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should contact an attorney immediately to see if you have a right to compensation. Timing is very important in these cases, so you shouldn’t delay. The lawyers at Slater Slater Schulman LLP are available to assist you. Call us at (800) 251-6990 for a free consultation.


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