Stars Who Lost Their Battle With Cancer

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Naomi Sims

Striking beauty and a keen business sense were embodied in Naomi Sims, the woman credited as the first Black supermodel. After coming into fame in the 1960s, she retired from modeling in 1973 and began building a multi-million dollar empire through her successful wig company and numerous beauty books. She died at age 61 from breast cancer on Aug. 1, 2009.

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