Samantha Lewes died on March 12, 2002, from bone cancer. She was born on November 29, 1952, making her 49 years old at the time of her death.
Samantha Lewes, born by the name Susan Jane Dillingham, was a well-known actress and movie producer as well as the first wife of actor Tom Hanks. They had two children together, Colin Hanks and Elizabeth Hanks. During a routine checkup, Lewes was diagnosed with bone cancer. After hearing of her diagnosis, ex-husband Hanks paid for her to see world-renowned doctors. Despite this, Lewes cancer spread to her lungs and brain, leaving her with a terminal diagnosis.