A few years before she died she had a malignant tumor removed from her back, but it didn’t worry her (unfortunately) and nobody thought any more about it.
Eva Cassidy died in 1996, from melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Her music was little-known during her 33 years of life, but today her soul-stirring voice is reaching people all over the world.
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.
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.