Mcqueen's Widow: 'America Turned Its Back On Steve'
The widow of screen legend Steve McQueen has blasted former US President Ronald Reagan, claiming the former actor ignored her pleas to introduce experimental new cancer drugs into America to save her ailing husband. BARBARA MCQUEEN insists Reagan's refusal to help her late husband forced him to seek cancer treatment in Mexico, where he was prescribed a controversial blend of pancreatic enzymes, 50 daily vitamins and minerals, massages, prayers, psychotherapy, coffee enemas and injections of a cell preparation made from sheep and cattle foetuses. The actor felt his health improving but died on 7 November 1980 aged 50 - the day after undergoing surgery to remove cancerous growths from his abdomen and neck. Writing in her memoirs STEVE MCQUEEN: THE LAST MILE, she fumes, "America turned its back on Steve MCQueen. I wrote a letter to President Ronald Reagan asking him to please bring these drugs into America so that he could be treated at home. I never had a reply." And the widow is still bitter over her late husband's medical treatment, claiming American doctors lied to her about how long her late husband had left to live. She recalls, "His doctors lied to me. They said he had five to seven years, yet he passed away in five to six months. They said they didn't want to hurt me but I couldn't have been more hurt by his passing. It still pains me."