John Thaw

Pencil Portrait by Antonio Bosano.

John Thaw Pencil Portrait
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John Thaw, a heavy smoker since the age of 12, was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus in June 2001 and died seven weeks after his 60th birthday on February 21, 2002.

He had, reportedly, never admitted he was dying. Four days before his death, according to his widow’s autobiography, he had spent the morning choosing the colours and extras for his new Jaguar car, and discussing whether he should sign up for another year with Carlton. Later on, following a meeting with a palliative care specialist who was utterly honest with him, he turned to his wife Sheila Hancock and said: ‘Well, that all sounded very positive, didn’t it, kid?’

Esophageal cancer is a particularly cruel form of the disease. The available treatments are especially painful, and the prognosis is often very poor – a maximum life expectancy of only five years amongst the very fittest. Thaw knew the score – what he may well have underestimated was the profound love and affection in which he was held by his family, friends, colleagues and the viewing public at large.


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