Yet another notable public figure has passed away from mesothelioma.
Seventy-year-old Frank Bender, a well-known forensic sculptor (or “recomposer of the dead” as he came to be known) passed away from mesothelioma in July after battling the deadly asbestos disease for nearly two years.
Bender became well known throughout the U.S. – and attained local fame in Philadelphia where he was born and raised – following his involvement in the case of John List, a N.J. man who disappeared after killing his family in 1971. A Bender-designed bust of List’s head that reflected what he would look like 18 years after the murders that was used in an 1989 episode of “America’s Most Wanted” that resulted in the murderer’s capture and eventual conviction
“In many ways, Frank’s bust of John List really launched “America’s Most Wanted” into a national force for catching fugitives,” said John Walsh, host of the television show, in 2009, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Whenever I get the tough cases, I call Frank.”
Bender likely suffered the asbestos exposure that led to his mesothelioma diagnosis during his years working in the engine room of a navy ship before he began his career as a forensic sculptor.
Bender joins a group of notable public figures who have passed away from mesothelioma, including NFL Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, Olympic gold medalist Terrence McCann, musician Warren Zevon, actor Steve McQueen, architect Paul Rudolph, and band manager Malcolm McLaren.
Navy veterans who previously worked in naval bases and have now been diagnosed with mesothelioma may be able to bring a mesothelioma lawsuit against companies who manufactured or sold asbestos products that were used on the ships. Contact amesothelioma lawyer in order to learn more about asbestos law and find out if you or a loved one may be able to receive an asbestos settlement.