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Louis Gossett Jr. Announces He Has Prostate Cancer

Posted by Media Outrage on February 10, 2010

Louis Gossett Jr. announced that he has Prostate Cancer which has been detected in it’s early stages.

Via CNN:

Los Angeles, California (CNN) — Louis Gossett Jr. recently learned he has prostate cancer, but it is in an early stage, the actor said Tuesday.

“I count this diagnosis among the many challenges I have faced in my life and overcome,” Gossett said in a statement. “I expect this to be no different.”

The Oscar-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor said he was going public with his illness “to set an example for the large number of African-American men who are victims of this disease because of the comparatively low emphasis in our community on preventive examinations and early treatment.”

“I want to influence them to seek, as I have, the fine medical care and early detection now available,” he said.

Gossett, 74, has begun an intensive treatment program, he said.

He won a best supporting actor Oscar and a Golden Globe in 1983 for his role as a drill sergeant in “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

His professional acting career began when he was just 16, playing the lead in the Broadway production “Take A Giant Step.”

Gossett’s portrayal of Fiddler in the ABC miniseries “Roots” won him an Emmy award in 1977.

Mediaoutrage–  He will be in our prayers.  We believe he can beat it.

8 Responses to “Louis Gossett Jr. Announces He Has Prostate Cancer”

  1. ucanb2 said

    My prayers are with him… I hope that he doesn’t suffer.

  2. MissTX said

    Definitely gonna pray that he gets through this. Glad to hear they found it early.

  3. Ms. Behave™ said

    Dang- He is one of the TRUE Legendary Thespian’s of hollywood.

    God Speed!!! Recovery homie. God Speed!!!

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  4. BadBadKitty0727 said

    Since they caught it early, I think he’ll be just fine.
    Ladies, encourage your signficant others and your male friends to get examined regularly.
    Men, “just do it!”

  5. LowRidaz said

    OH GOD!!! not FIDDLER, from ROOTS!!! not fiddler

  6. Nina said

    May he have a speedy recovery and remain strong in every apsect. He is a wonderful actor.

  7. joneblaze said

    I swear Cancer is getting everyone he is definitely in my prayers

  8. DJ said

    Praying for the best for you Lou. God be with you.

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