Michelle Thomas’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday) September 23, 1969

Death Date December 23, 1998

Age of Death 30 years

Cause of Death Stomach Cancer

Place of Death Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan, New York City, United States

Place of Burial Rosedale Cemetery, City of Orange, New Jersey, United States

Profession TV Actress

The tv actress Michelle Thomas died at the age of 30. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Thomas was born on September 23, 1968, and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey.

She rose to fame for her notable roles as Myra Monkhouse on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters and as Justine Phillips on NBC’s The Cosby Show.

She married The Cosby Show co-star Malcolm-Jamal Warner. She later died from a rare form of cancer.

How did Michelle Thomas die?

Michelle led a healthy lifestyle, she was a vegan and never smoked or drank alcohol. In August 1997, Thomas was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer, an intra-abdominal desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor. She underwent surgery to remove a lemon-sized tumor shortly before landing her The Young and the Restless role in the spring of 1998. In October 1998, she underwent surgery after a second cancerous growth ruptured. After being released from the hospital, Thomas flew home to New Jersey to spend Thanksgiving with her family.

On December 22/23, 1998, aged 30, she died surrounded by her family and friends in New York City at Manhattan’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.


On December 26, 1998, a Muslim funeral service was held, as per her request.


She was buried in Rosedale Cemetery, City of Orange, New Jersey, where she grew up. The cemetery is located at the tripoint of Orange, West Orange, and Montclair in Essex County, New Jersey.