Sherman Hemsley & Lung Cancer: How Blacks Can Lower Their Risks

Sherman Hemsley

Actor Sherman Hemsley (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Sherman Hemsley, the 74-year-old actor best known for his role as George Jefferson, died in 2012 because of a complication of lung cancer, according to the El Paso County Texas Medical Examiner. Reports also say that Hemsley was advised to undergo chemotherapy treatments before he passed away.

Huffington Post reported that Hemsley’s death was specifically caused by a lung cancer complication called superior vena cava syndrome, which occurs when the superior vena cava, one of the body’s major veins, is obstructed, most commonly because of a lung cancer or non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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