• Sally Ride Death Cause and Date

Sally Ride’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday) May 26, 1951

Death Date July 23, 2012

Age of Death 61 years

Cause of Death Pancreatic Cancer

Place of Death La Jolla, California, United States

Place of Burial Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica, California, United States

Profession Astronaut

The astronaut Sally Ride died at the age of 61. Below is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

American astronaut and physicist who joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman to enter low-Earth orbit. She flew two missions aboard the Challenger shuttle: STS-7 and STS-41-G.

She married Steven Hawley in 1982 and divorced him in 1987. After her death, it was revealed that she had a 27-year relationship with Tam O’Shaughnessy, a female tennis player and professor.

How did Sally Ride die?

On March 10, 2011, Sally Ride delivered a speech at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in San Francisco. O’Shaughnessy, among others, noted that Ride looked ill on stage and had her book a doctor’s appointment the next day. An ultrasound revealed a golfball-sized tumor in her abdomen. At the University of California San Diego the doctors did a CT scan and found Ride had pancreatic cancer.

The astronaut did chemotherapy and radiation therapy to make the tumor smaller. On October 27, 2011, surgeons removed part of Ride’s pancreas, stomach, bile duct, and intestine, along with her gall bladder.

Sally Ride died from pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012. According to Terry McEntee, a spokeswoman for her company (Sally Ride Science), she died at her home in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla.


Sally Ride is buried next to her father at Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica.

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Sally Ride’s grave at Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery



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