Former "Marlboro Man" Dies of Smoking-Related Illness (Report)

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6/24/97 Los Angeles, CA. The landmark The "Marlboro Man" has reportedly died of a smoking related illness. Eric Lawson, who was the face of the In this sad instance, it looks like a marketing ad has suddenly become a public service announcement.

Eric Lawson, the "Marlboro Man" has passed away at the age of 72, due to what was reportedly a smoking-related illness.

Eric was the face of the cigarette company in the 1970s, although he did later speak out about the negative effects of smoking.

According to Eric's wife, he died due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on January 10. He had been smoking since he was 14.

Ironically, Eric isn't the first former Marlboro model to die of a smoking-related illness. The HuffingtonPost reports that David Millar and David McLean, who both were involved in Marlboro campaigns, died of emphysema and lung cancer, respectively.

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