Victor French worked with Little House on the Prairie star Michael Landon for many years. Victor appeared in Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie, and Highway to Heaven. When he passed away in 1989, reportedly from lung cancer, Michael thought he passed away for another reason. He opened up to co-star Karen Grassle about it. Karen recalls that she asked Michael how Victor died. She remembers that he said, “Drank himself to death.” She added, “The obits said lung cancer, but Mike knew better. Another big, gifted guy killed by alcoholism.” Michael Landon thought co-star Victor French died of alcoholism, not lung cancer LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE (aka LITTLE HOUSE: A NEW BEGINNING), from left: Melissa Gilbert, Dean Butler, Victor French (Season 8, 1982), 1974-83 / Everett Collection Before his death, Victor often talked about how much he loved working with Michael and how he had a lot of respect for him. He once shared that Michael's shows were such a success because he focused on quality and quality actors. He said that Michael "didn’t let his shows get too syrupy, even when a sensitive topic was addressed." RELATED: One Director Called ‘Little House’ Star Michael Landon ‘The Biggest Liar’ HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN, Victor French, 1984-1989, © NBC/courtesy Everett Collection Victor added, “There probably aren’t many people who would have the guts to do it straight. I went home and started watching one of our shows that had a quadriplegic actor in it, and I started crying. I thought, ‘Thank God, I’m in a show in which that actor is able to do that .’” HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN, from left, Michael Landon, Victor French, 1984-89. ©NBC/courtesy Everett Collection (1984 photo by Mario Casilli) Regardless of how Victor died, he was truly a great talent and is very missed. RELATED: ‘Little House’ Star Alison Arngrim Backs Claims Michael Landon Was Opposite Of Wholesome Pa FAQs When was Michael Landon first diagnosed with cancer? Unfortunately, Michael Landon's cancer was not detected until it had already progressed to an advanced stage, and he passed away on July 1, 1991, just a few months after his diagnosis. His death was a great loss to the entertainment industry and to his fans, who remember him fondly as a talented actor and a compassionate human being. How did Michael Landon find out he had cancer? Michael Landon was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 1991 after experiencing symptoms that prompted him to seek medical attention. According to reports, Landon began experiencing abdominal pain and digestive issues, which led him to visit his doctor for an evaluation. After undergoing a series of tests and medical examinations, Landon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a particularly aggressive form of cancer that is often difficult to detect and treat. The diagnosis came as a shock to Landon and his family, as he had always been in good health and had no previous history of cancer. Did Michael Landon have lung cancer? Michael Landon did not have lung cancer. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which is a particularly aggressive form of cancer that arises from the cells of the pancreas.