Eric Lawson, the American actor who appeared as the rugged Marlboro man in cigarette adverts during the 1970s and early 1980s, has died from lung disease, aged 72.
Lawson, who started smoking at the age of 14, died on 10 January at his home in San Luis Obispo of respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), his wife Susan confirmed on Sunday.
Having appeared on TV shows includingBaretta and The Streets of San Francisco,Lawson was hired to appear in print Marlboro ads from 1978 to 1981. During his career, he also acted in hit TV shows Charlie's Angels,Dynasty and Baywatch.
Lawson later appeared in an anti-smoking commercial parodying the Marlboro man and discussed the negative effects of smoking onEntertainment Tonight.