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Louis Gossett Jr. Diagnosed With Cancer!

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Oh, no!

Oscar winner Louis Gossett, Jr. was diagnosed with the early stages of prostate cancer at the age of 73 years old.

The actor, who won an Academy Award in 1982 for An Officer and a Gentleman, came forth with the news in order to encourage other African-American men to get checked out. He says he wants:

"to set an example for the large number of African-American men who are victims of this disease because of the comparatively low emphasis in our community on preventative examinations and early treatment.

"I want to influence them to seek, as I have, the fine medical care and early detection now available."

Get well soon, Louis! Our thoughts are with you!

[Image via Apega / WENN.]

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12 comments to “Louis Gossett Jr. Diagnosed With Cancer!”

  1. 1

    May-o-naise. I always remember him saying that. Speedy recovery Mr Gossett.

  2. 2

    Oh no! I just watched Officer and a Gentleman the other day (for the 1000 time) He was great in that.
    So sad! Hope he's ok.

  3. 3

    What's with the exclamation point? Are you happy about this news? Also, it's either he's "at the age of 73" or "he's 73 years old."
    Lou: Get well!!!

  4. 4

    So sad. Best wishes for a full recovery.

  5. 5

    Love you LOU.He was sexy as hell in an Officer and a Gentleman!!!!

  6. 6

    For another generation of viewers, he was the amazing sage, Fiddler, from "Roots."
    His words to Kunta Kinte, "You in America, NOW," were priceless.

    Good luck, Mr. Gossett. You are an amazing actor.

  7. Jai says – reply to this


    His role was the best part of An Officer and a Gentleman, I hope he has a full and speedy recovery.

  8. 8

    it's silly i know but my fave movie of his is Enemy Mine where he plays the alien to Denis Quaid's astronaut

  9. 9

    Louis Gossett, Jr is a legend, hope he pulls through ok

  10. 10

    Re: Gambitgirl

    omg Enemy Mine is awesome, remember he got pregnant in it? now thats a movie that would be a great reboot, great tale

  11. toes says – reply to this


    my best thoughts….

  12. 12

    God Bless him. I hope and pray he is going to be okay.