Marlboro man dies in SLO from lung disease
January 27, 2014
Former “Marlboro Man” Eric Lawson died earlier this month in San Luis Obispo of respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), his wife Susan Lawson announced over the weekend. He was 72.
According to Variety, Lawson started smoking at the age of 14 and quit after he was diagnosed with COPD. His wife told Variety that he knew cigarettes had a hold on him, “yet he still couldn’t stop.”
Though best know for his “Marlboro Man” ads that ran from 1978 to 1981, Lawson also had roles on a number of TV shows including Baretta, The Streets of San Francisco, Dynasty and Baywatch.