Actor who played Marlboro Man dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

January 27, 2014 4:30 AM

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LOS ANGELES - Eric Lawson, a working actor who portrayed the Marlboro Man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died. He was 72.

Lawson's wife, Susan Lawson, said Sunday that her husband died Jan. 10 at his California home. The cause was respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

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