Karen Black, the “Five Easy Pieces” Oscar nominee, has died at 74.
Known for her work in films such as “Nashville,” “Easy Rider,” “The Great Gatsby,” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Family Plot,” Black succumbed to her long battle with cancer on Thursday (August 8). She had turned to online crowdfunding to help with her two and a half year battle with cancer back in March, and in just one day, she more than doubled the $17,000 she was trying to raise for a two month treatment in Europe.
Black was first diagnosed with ampullary cancer back in November of 2010. She had an operation taking out 1/3 of her pancreas as well as extensive chemotherapy and radiation therapy and was declared cancer free, but it returned last June.
Stephen Eckelberry, Black’s husband, announced her death via a Facebook post. “It is with great sadness that I have to report that my wife and best friend, Karen Black has just passed away, only a few minutes ago,” Eckelberry wrote. “Thank you all for all your prayers and love, they meant so much to her as they did to me.”