mesothelioma musicians

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops from the thin layer of tissue that covers many of the internal organs. The most common area affected is the lining of the lungs and chest wall.

It is mostly caused by exposure to Asbestos. Asbestos is the material commonly used to make roofing materials here in Nigeria.

asbestos in roofing


A lot of people have been exposed to it either at their work place or by living with people who are exposed to it frequently; even washing the clothes of a person exposed to it is very risky.

Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma may include shortness of breath due to fluid around the lung, a swollen abdomen, chest wall pain, cough, feeling tired, and weight loss.

Prevention centers around reducing exposure to asbestos. Treatment often includes surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

How does it affect musicians?

when you're invited to play in some club  and your drummer is banging on the ceiling pipes, you could be getting exposed. There are many other ways by which musicians could get exposed to asbestos. We can't be too careful and that is why some people want asbestos banned from usage.

There are mesothelioma compensation agencies that fight for those who suffer from the disease. The help them get their mesothelioma settlement fund.

There are other people from other occupations that suffer from this cancer; lawyers, engineers, drivers and so on. Our focus today shall be on musicians that died from Mesothelioma and asbestos exposure.

These are four famous musicians who have died of mesothelioma cancer:


Malcolm McLaren

Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren was a British musician, impresario, visual artist, performer, clothes designer and boutique owner, notable for combining these activities in an inventive and provocative way.


Warren Zevon

Warren William Zevon was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for the dark and somewhat outlandish sense of humor in his lyrics. Zevon's work has often been praised by well-known musicians, including Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young.


Christie Hennessy

Hennessy was an Irish folk singer-songwriter best known for his songs “Don’t Forget Your Shovel,” “Roll Back the Clouds” and “All the Lies that You Told Me.” Although he had severe dyslexia and was unable to read or write, he often wrote his own songs. Hennessy was exposed to asbestos dust when he worked on building sites in London during his younger years.


Joe Sample

The Houston-born jazz pioneer founded The Crusaders from the bebop band that started when he was in high school. Sample was known for pushing the boundaries of jazz music by combining it with a distinct blues and soul sound.

There you have it. Stay away from asbestos; try not to be exposed to the dust. Stay safe.

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