Legendary actor Steve McQueen died of mesothelioma more than three decades ago, but his widow continues to raise awareness about the deadly disease that took the life of the “King of Cool.” Examiner.com reported that Barbara Minty McQueen was acting on behalf of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) when she addressed the US House of Representatives in a Capitol Hill appearance on July 24, 2012.
“Mesothelioma is a horrible disease. It robbed me of my life and future with Steve and took away an icon beloved by millions around the world,” Minty McQueen said, according to the Examiner. “For whatever reason, most people think that asbestos is banned in America. By coming to Washington D.C., I want to bring awareness that asbestos is still legal in the U.S. and continues to kill. It can kill a movie star, a musician or a construction worker. It takes no prisoners.”
Steve McQueen attributed his mesothelioma to the time he spent removing asbestos from pipes while serving in the Marines, although he also acknowledged movie soundstage insulation as well as the protective suits and helmets worn when driving race cars may have been a factor. Inhaling asbestos fibers has been proven to cause diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma, and this week we will discuss some other recent stories demonstrating how asbestos exposure still remains an issue around the country. Additional information about occupations with high risk for mesothelioma is available on our website, but if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering the disease has caused. Use the form located on this page to tell us about your case or contact our firm at (800) 687-3333 to let our Dallas litigation lawyers review your case.
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