Winston Man Dies From Throat Cancer
The Winston Man Alan Landers died February 27 at his home in Lauderhill, FL. He had finished his third round of radiation therapy for his throat cancer, but did not live to make his fourth round. He was 68 years old.
Alan Landers posed for the Winston cigarette ads in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Like most people at that time, he was unaware of cigarettes danger to his health. He writes on his website, “I knew some people believed them to be unhealthy, but the cigarette manufacturers denied that their product is harmful.”
Later in his career he became an spokesman about the hazards of cigarettes and tobacco use. He was a walking billboard of the hazards of tobacco. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1987 which required the removal of two cancerous lobes from his right lung. He was found to have cancer in his left lung in 1993. A diagnosis of emphysema followed. In 1996, he had a double-bypass surgery for blocked arteries to his heart.
Landers sued top cigarette makers in December 1995. His individual case was scheduled to go to trial in April.
He is survived by a brother and nieces and nephews.
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