Alan Rickman’s death reportedly came after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, a news report says.
The popular British actor died Thursday in a London hospital surrounded by his friends and family, including his wife Rima, according to the Daily Mail.com.
Rickman was diagnosed with the disease last August, after being hospitalized for a suspected stroke. He had concealed the illness from all but his close confidants, the article said.
Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest forms of the disease. This year, an estimated 48,960 in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease and an estimated 40,560 people will die from it. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths and strikes men and women about evenly.
The pancreas is a six-inch-long gland that sits across the back of the stomach, behind the abdomen. As there is no effective screening test for pancreatic cancer, and it is difficult to diagnose, by the time it is found it is usually already inoperable and has spread to other organs, such as the liver and/or lungs.
A new drug called Onivyde, which uses nanotechnology, and is administered in conjunction with chemotherapy, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last October. The approval came after studies showed patients taking it lived an average of 6.1 months compared to 4.2 for those receiving only chemotherapy.
Rickman was last publicly seen when he visited New York City and went with friends to see a performance of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton,” the paper said.
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