Pioneering cancer expert who 'inspired' Prince William dies after yellow fever vaccination

Professor Martin Gore

Professor Martin Gore. Image: PA

Friday, January 11, 2019

A cancer expert described as an ‘inspiration’ by Prince William has died suddenly after getting a yellow fever jab.

Professor Martin Gore, 67, was a professor of cancer at the Institute of Cancer Research and a former medical director at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne infection, most prevalent in  sub-Saharan Africa, most of South America, parts of Central America and the Caribbean.

Travellers to these areas are advised to receive the vaccination, although it is not always recommended for people over the age of 60. 

The Duke of Cambridge (right) with Professor Martin Gore (left). Image: PA

It can cause serious side effects including an allergic reaction and problems affecting the brain or organs, although these occur in less than 10 times for every million doses of vaccine given. 

A spokesperson for Royal Marsden said: “Martin was at the heart of the Royal Marsden’s life and work in research, treatment and the training of our next generation of oncologists.

“He has been a friend, colleague and mentor to so many people and his loss will be immense.”

Prince William, as president of the Royal Marsden, presented Professor Gore with a lifetime achievement award in 2015, calling him one of the ‘pioneers of 20th century cancer care’.

Royal Marsden has not commented on the causes of Professor Gore’s death at this time. 


Words: Cormac Connelly-Smith