Earlier this year Karen Black, a well known actress who had contracted cancer, had started a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to help cover the costs of treatment. In a post on the actresses Facebook page it was announced she had passed away yesterday – consumed by the terrible disease.
Black was born Karen Ziegler growing up in Illinois. At 15 she enrolled at Northwestern University where she decided to study drama.
Over the years she had starred in many well known films including The Great Gatsby, Airport 1975, Easy Rider and Five Easy pieces among others. There was an interview with Black regarding her role in the Great Gatsby which was posted as recently as this past July. Many well known celebrities expressed their sadness and condolences in her passing.
Black contracted ampullary cancer in 2010 and spent her final years fighting the disease. The crowdfunding campaign raised over $60,000 to help with treatments and was closed in June of this year but updates were continued on the site.
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