Michael Landon was one of the most popular and beloved actors on American television, mainly for his work in “Bonanza” (1959-1973), “The Ingalls Family” (1974-1983) and “Road to Heaven” (1984-1989), the three projects that marked his career and that to date keep it in force, even when he died at the young age of 54, on July 1, 1991 of pancreatic cancer.
In addition to being the protagonist of the story, Michael Landon was also a producer and director of several chapters of “The Ingalls family” (“Little House on the Prairi”). In the fiction, he and his wife Caroline move to Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in search of a better community and prosperity to live in; This is how they settle on a small farm, where they raise their three daughters: Mary, Laura and Carrie.
30 years after the shocking death of Michael Landon, details about the star’s health continue to come to light. In fact, a couple of years ago, Reelz Channel released an investigation into the proximity of the set of “Little House on the Prairie” to the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, where there was a “partial collapse of a nuclear reactor” in 1959, according to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
Karen Grassle, who played Caroline Ingalls, said in an interview that “it took us months and months to find the right outdoor location” to film the show, which ran from 1974 to 1983. “Finally, this ranch was discovered in Simi Valley.” , Explain. “It was perfect for us.”
In this regard, the Reelz Channel narrator told PEOPLE that the series was recorded over nine years just 15 miles from the Santa Susana Nuclear Laboratory. “When hundreds of local residents began to suffer from cancer, scientists discovered that the Santa Susana laboratory had been the site of the worst radioactive disaster in the history of the United States and that years of contamination had caused a cancer epidemic”, he pointed.
As a result of the “Cancer epidemic”, numerous studies were carried out in the area. According to forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter, “Studies have concluded that this was responsible for up to 2,000 cancer-related deaths and led to a 60 percent increase in cancers such as lung, bladder, kidney, liver, blood, lymph nodes, upper digestive tract, and thyroid cancers.”.
After examining the October 2006 Santa Susana Field Laboratory Advisory Panel Report and the results of Landon’s autopsy, Dr. Hunter does not believe there is a connection between the location of the laboratory and the actor’s cancer.
“Despite scientific studies that link proximity to the site with high rates of cancer, no scientific evidence suggesting that Michael’s pancreatic cancer was caused by working so close to the contaminated area “, he said and then added: “Even if I can’t completely rule it out, I have found another much more convincing and direct cause of his cancer “.
Years after Landon’s death, on March 27, 1992, the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) published a report that examined the incidence of cancer among residents of Los Angeles (1978 to 1988) and the counties of Los Angeles. Ventura (1988 to 1989) -. According to him government website, the report found that residents “Who lived near the SSFL did not have an increased risk of developing cancers associated with radiation exposure”.
“The cancers were divided into three groups: very radiosensitive (thyroid, bones and joints, all leukemia, excluding chronic lymphocytic leukemia), moderately radiosensitive (breast, lung and bronchi) and possibly radiosensitive (esophagus, stomach, liver, brain and others nerves urinary system, urinary bladder, other urinary system, salivary gland and parathyroid and multiple myeloma) “says the website.
“The analyzes found that people who lived near the SSFL were not at increased risk of developing cancers associated with radiation exposure. The analyzes suggested that male residents living in Los Angeles County near SSFL may have had a higher rate of bladder cancer compared to residents living in other parts of the county. There was also a higher proportion of lung cancer among Ventura men. “, he points out.