Bob Marley and his battle with Melanoma

Melanoma has affected many well-known people, including Bob Marley. In July 1977, he was found to have acral lentiginous melanoma, a form of malignant melanoma. In !980, Marley sought treatment at a Bavarian clinic during a tour, where he received a controversial type of cancer therapy partly based on avoidance of certain foods/drinks. After fighting the cancer without success for eight months, Marley flew back to the USA.

He died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami (now University of Miami Hospital) on the morning of 11 May 1981, at the age of 36. The spread of melanoma to his lungs and brain caused his death.

Don’t lose heart if you’re suffering from a disease, there are many well known people who are diagnosed with the same health condition. Medical researchers around the world are doing their best to find the best treatments and new cures.


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10 thoughts on “Bob Marley and his battle with Melanoma

  1. bob marley didnt have melanoma he injured his big toe on a rusty nail the toe got infected and he refused to have toe amputated this info came from jnr marvin who was with marley on tour for years so he knew the truth not the rumours.

  2. sometime people like to talk alot of stuff that is not true if you really don’t know how he die pleace don’t talk then the best think that you can to is don’t say nothing.

    peole know bob marley be the way that he was one of the person that smoke alot of weed but people don’t know wat elst he did first know the person and then talk about the person <3 🙂

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  4. You all are crazy how about the rusty nail theory, how about the cancer theory, or how about the one where the CIA placed a cancerous needle in his soccer shoes that gave him the melanoma. You know they did try to assassinate him. Whatever the reason is it was a tragic loss to the world even to this day. I strongly believe if he was still alive the world would be a different place Bob Marley was one of few that had such a powerful influence on all walks of life. Even people who dont know bob marley, know who he is. You get it “KNOW WHO HE IS”.

  5. Marley did not influenced CIA mass control… to became its target (as Arafat did, instead, and got killed with Polonium212).
    But cancer is still an invisibile and invincible enemy: the only weapon to fight it is prevention (or good luck)!
    Marley went to the doctors too late for it… That’s all!

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