03:36 AM EDT 07/07/2014
Originally posted 08/08/2013 06:15PM
Oscar-nominated actress Karen Black died Thursday at the age of 74 after a long battle with cancer.
The Easy Rider star's husband, Stephen Eckelberry, announced her death on his Facebook page, saying, "It is with great sadness that I have to report that my wife and best friend Karen Black has just passed away, only a few minutes ago. Thank you all for all your prayers and love, they meant so much to her as they did to me."
Black was diagnosed with ampullary cancer in November 2010 and had a third of her pancreas removed. She was declared cancer-free in 2011, but in March of this year, a fundraising page was set up to help raise public donations for experimental treatment in Europe that was not covered by insurance.
Originally posted 03/26/2013 06:00PM
After battling cancer for more than two years, Five Easy Pieces actress Karen Black is turning to the public for monetary support.
The 73-year-old Oscar-nominated actress, who also starred in Easy Rider and Airport 1975, was diagnosed with ampullary cancer in November 2010 and had a third of her pancreas immediately removed, her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, wrote on the "Help Karen Beat Cancer" GoFundMe website.
Though she was declared cancer-free in 2011, Black – now "mostly bed-bound" and down to 96 pounds, says her husband – relapsed and underwent two more operations in the last year.
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