A 22-year veteran of the British soap opera EastEnders, Wendy Richard, 65, endured years of tabloid gossip (sometimes fueled by her husbands). Despite alleged attempts by producers to write her character off the show, Richard, who received a cancer diagnosis in 1996, didn't leave until 2006, saying it was "time to move on."

• He took his first puff at age 9 and later modeled in Winston cigarette ads. But after being diagnosed with lung cancer, Alan Landers, 68, devoted his life to educating others about the dangers of smoking.

• The Chicago Bulls franchise wouldn't be what it is...

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