Author James Fogle Dies from Mesothelioma

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 9:16am by

At the age of 75, author James Fogle died from mesothelioma.

He was most well-known for writing Drugstore Cowboy, which was adapted into a critically acclaimed film in 1989. The events in the novel and film mirrored Fogle’s own troubled life. Like his characters, Fogle robbed drug stores and pharmacies. In 2011, he received a prison sentence for robbing a pharmacy. He died during this prison sentence at the Monroe Correctional Complex.

Exposure to Asbestos

Writer Daniel Yost, who adapted Fogle’s novel for the screen, said that prison labor might have ultimately led to his disease. While incarcerated, Fogle learned machinery and worked with steam pipes. Yost believes this work exposed him to asbestos, which eventually lead to his lung cancer.

The American Water Works Association set standards regarding asbestos-containing cement pipes in 1953. Since then, many facilities have replaced these pipes because they pose health risks to municipalities that use them to transport drinking water.

People who worked directly with asbestos or spent lots of time in buildings that contained asbestos may have contracted a lung disease like mesothelioma. If this sounds like someone you know, contact us: 1-888-637-6347, or fill out the form to the left. Mesothelioma is a devastating disease for both the victim and his or her family. We might be able to help in the recovery process.

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