Cancer Type – Lymphoma

Bio – The Western legend known as the Singing Cowboy had a career as big as Texas, yet silently battled lymphoma.

Short Story – The small-town Texas star began singing at the age of five, and reached fame with his first big hit song, “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine.” However the singer turned Western actor and real estate mogul is probably best known for his recording of the Christmas classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, which is the second all-time best selling Christmas single with over 30 million sales.

Autry was among the 1998 Forbes magazine list of richest Americans estimating his net worth at $320 million, accumulating his wealth through entertainment, real estate, hotels, oil wells, the Anaheim Angels, and radio and television stations.

At the age of 91, Gene Autry lost his battle with lymphoma.

Image Credits – By Seattle Packing Company-Bar-S Brand (eBay item photo front photo back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Birth nameOrvon Grover Autry
Also known asThe Singing Cowboy, Born: September 29, 1907, Tioga, Texas, U.S.
DiedOctober 2, 1998 (aged 91), Studio City, California, U.S.
GenresCountry, western music
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, actor
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1931–1988
LabelsColumbia, Okeh, Perfect, Conqueror