Actor George Peppard has health issues ahead of his early death

Born October 1, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, George Peppard began his career in 1948 after serving in the Marine Corps. After studying acting techniques in New York, he made his Broadway debut in 1956. It wasn’t until 1961, however, that directors began to pay more attention to Peppard, thanks to his role as Paul Warjak in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

From there, he starred in films such as The Carpetbaggers (1964), Blue Max (1966) and The Ground Star Conspiracy (1972).

Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a longtime drinker and smoker”, Peppard eventually developed cancer.

In particular, the aging star had a tumor in his lung, which he had surgically removed in 1992.

The Institute for Cancer Research (ICR) noted that “the risk of developing lung cancer is increasing[s] in proportion to the amount smoked.

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Moreover, “alcohol itself can directly cause cell damage, which can lead to cancer.”

A research collaboration between Southampton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Bangor University and the University of Southampton has shown just how dangerous alcohol is.

They found that drinking one bottle of wine a week was equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes a week for women and five for men.

Symptoms of lung cancer

The NHS lists symptoms of lung cancer to be aware of:

  • Cough that doesn’t go away within three weeks
  • Prolonged cough that gets worse
  • Chest infections that keep coming back
  • Coughing up blood
  • Pain or pain when breathing or coughing
  • Persistent shortness of breath
  • Constant fatigue or lack of energy
  • Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss.
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“In the early stages, there are usually no signs or symptoms of lung cancer,” warns the National Health Service.

Luckily for Peppard, his lung tumor surgery was successful and encouraged him to quit smoking.

However, two years later, Peppard was taken to the hospital and died from complications of pneumonia.

He passed away at the age of 65 on May 8, 1994 at UCLA Medical Center.

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Pneumonia in the elderly

People over 65 are especially at risk for health complications from pneumonia.

This is why in the UK older people are encouraged to get the pneumococcal vaccine.

People who have comorbidities are also better off getting vaccinated.

Conditions that put you at greater risk of health complications from pneumonia include:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart, lung, liver, kidney, or neurological disease
  • People with weakened immune systems.

What is pneumonia?

The National Health Authority explains: “Pneumonia is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection.”

People can get pneumonia from someone else who is infected, or it can develop as a result of a cold or flu.

Signs of pneumonia may include:

  • Cough – You may expectorate yellow or green mucus (phlegm).
  • Dyspnea
  • Heat
  • Chest pain
  • sick body
  • I feel very tired
  • Loss of appetite
  • Grunting sounds when breathing – Babies can also make grunting sounds.
  • Feeling of confusion – this is common in older people.

People who feel their symptoms are getting worse are advised to contact NHS 111.

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