Somewhere Over the Rainbow~Ava Cassidy

Seen is melanoma with a border that is uneven,...
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Her voice is amazing.She is from our old stomping grounds.Died at the age of 33 from a melanoma mole on her back.It went into her bones and lungs and even with extensive radiation she was gone in less then 6 weeks.

My daughter calls me tonight and said she is in so much hip pain that she can barely walk.I am so concerned since I read and posted this.Her melanoma looked exactly like this.

From Wikipedia

In July 1996, Cassidy noticed an ache in her hips, which she attributed to stiffness from painting murals while perched atop a stepladder.

The pain persisted and a few weeks later, X-rays revealed that the melanoma had spread to her lungs and bones.

Her doctors estimated she had three to five months to live. Cassidy opted for aggressive treatment, but her health deteriorated rapidly.

In her final public performance in September 1996, at the Bayou, she closed the set with “What a Wonderful World” in front of an audience of friends, fans and family.

She was subsequently admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Cassidy died at her family home in Bowie, November 2, 1996, at the age of 33.