The Marlboro man died of cancer

Death by smoking! | Marlboro man dies of lung disease

Los Angeles (USA) - Millions of people know him from advertising and posters: Now the former Marlboro man is dead. Eric Lawson died on January 10th at the age of 72 from the lung disease COPD (smoker's lung).

Between 1978 and 1981, the actor played the smoking cowboy in advertisements for the cigarette brand. He later played smaller roles in various television programs, including "Charlie's Angels", before injuring himself so badly while filming a western that he had to end his acting career.

Lawson started smoking at the age of 14. He later took action against it, parodying, among other things, his own role as a Marlboro man.

With his death, Eric Larson joins the sad ranks of the Marlboro icons who died from smoking.

In 1987 David Millar (81), who played the Marlboro man in the 50s, also died of a smoker's lung. Marlboro cowboy of the 70s, Wayne McLaren, 51, died of lung cancer in 1992.

His colleague David McLean died of lung cancer in 1995. He advertised as a smoking cowboy in the 1960s. In 1999, Marlboro man Dick Hammer (69) died of lung cancer.

Lawson leaves six children, 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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