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Karen Black dies after losing cancer battle

After battling cancer for nearly three years,Karen Black passed away at the age of 74.

Written by PTI | Los Angeles |
August 9, 2013 3:24:19 pm

Actress Karen Black,who played leading roles in 1970s films Five Easy Pieces and Nashville,has died after battling cancer for nearly three years. She was 74.

Her husband,Stephen Eckelberry,made the announcement on

his Facebook page. She passed away in a nursing facility in

Santa Monica,California,reported Ace Showbiz.

Black was best known for her role as Rayette,the big-dreaming waitress in the 1970 working class drama “Five

Easy Pieces,in which she starred alongside Jack Nicholson.

The role earned Black a Golden Globe award for best supporting actress and an Oscar nomination. She also played a prominent role as a country singer in the ensemble cast of

Robert Altman’s 1975 musical drama Nashville.

Black was diagnosed with ampullary cancer,which is similar to pancreatic cancer,in 2010,and made headlines earlier this year after turning to the Internet to help fund her medical treatment. She and her husband raised about USD 62,000,according to her fundraising page.

Illinois-born Black won another best supporting actress Golden Globe award for the role of mistress Myrtle Wilson in

1974’s The Great Gatsby and was also lauded for her role as an aspiring actress in the 1975 drama The Day of the Locust.

She also played a small part as a prostitute in the 1969 counter-culture road movie Easy Rider,which starred Peter Fonda,Dennis Hopper and Nicholson.

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