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24th Jun '16 1:51:27 PM Nettik
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoyAndTheWorld'', a harvester has a terrible cough. [[spoiler: It's implied that his cough isn't what kills him, it's the government that doesn't find him useful anymore...]]
20th Jun '16 12:11:13 PM Morgenthaler
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* WoodenRose [[http://www.woodenrosecomic.com/comic/chapter1/29.html The father]]
* The False Guenevere's sickness in ''ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' (punishment from God in the base arc, clone degradation in the space arc) manifests this way.
* ''{{Erstwhile}}'' [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/littleshroud-02/ features it in]] "The Little Shroud"
* ''CheapThrills'': Jeordie has been coughing up a storm for the last couple of chapters, worrying both his dad and his girlfriend. He tells them both he's fine. [[http://cheapthrills.xepher.net/comics/comic378.html He's not]] - though we don't quite know what's wrong, yet.

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* WoodenRose Webcomic/WoodenRose [[http://www.woodenrosecomic.com/comic/chapter1/29.html The father]]
* The False Guenevere's sickness in ''ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' (punishment from God in the base arc, clone degradation in the space arc) manifests this way.
* ''{{Erstwhile}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'' [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/littleshroud-02/ features it in]] "The Little Shroud"
* ''CheapThrills'': ''Webcomic/CheapThrills'': Jeordie has been coughing up a storm for the last couple of chapters, worrying both his dad and his girlfriend. He tells them both he's fine. [[http://cheapthrills.xepher.net/comics/comic378.html He's not]] - though we don't quite know what's wrong, yet.
14th Jun '16 1:15:44 PM BettyColtrane
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** Also Umibozu's wife/Kagura and Kamui's mother, complete with blood, during her lingering illness due to leaving the devastated Yato home world.

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** Also Umibozu's Kouka (Umibozu's wife/Kagura and Kamui's mother, complete with blood, mother), during her lingering illness due to leaving being separated from the altana of the devastated Yato home world.world. The symptoms first appear when she coughs up blood on newborn Kagura.
14th Jun '16 12:58:00 PM BettyColtrane
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**Also Umibozu's wife/Kagura and Kamui's mother, complete with blood, during her lingering illness due to leaving the devastated Yato home world.
12th Jun '16 3:39:19 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''{{Nier}},'' your daughter Yonah has one. Although if you're playing the Japanese [=PS3=] version Yonah is your sister instead.
12th Jun '16 3:35:02 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''Manga/KareKano'''s [[SchoolPlay play]] "Steel Snow", the Inventor's Forrest-Gump-esque first love Rose reappears to give him a baby to take care of, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/kare_kano/v09/c041/13.html coughs three times]], and promptly dies.

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* In ''Manga/KareKano'''s [[SchoolPlay play]] "Steel Snow", the Inventor's Forrest-Gump-esque first love Rose reappears to give him a baby to take care of, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/kare_kano/v09/c041/13.html coughs three times]], times,]] and promptly dies.
27th May '16 3:57:27 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Played straight in CormacMcCarthy's ''Literature/TheRoad''.
** Slightly unusual version in that rather than being sick, his lungs were being damaged by the bad quality of the air, but still pretty much the same thing.

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* Played straight in CormacMcCarthy's ''Literature/TheRoad''.
** Slightly unusual version in that rather than being sick, his lungs were being damaged by
In Creator/CormacMcCarthy's ''Literature/TheRoad'', the father has a cough due to the bad quality of the air, but still pretty much the same thing.air.



** Such as adults commenting that she looks like a relative who died young, and a character predicting the futures of all her other playmates but limiting Cecily to that she will always be loved.
** She did something similar with Gilbert Blythe in her famous "Anne" series. Though it wasn't a cough, other characters begin to notice that Gilbert is looking pale and thin around the middle of "Anne of the Island". By summer, it is revealed he has come down with typhoid fever. This turns out to be a crucial plot point; Gilbert being ill prompts the titular Anne to re-examine her feelings towards him, and she realizes she's in love with him after all. Unlike other characters (dead seems to be a common theme in her novels, both humorous and sad examples), Gilbert does not die.
** Ruby Gillis, Anne's childhood friend, does die of "galloping consumption" in the same novel, but there is no issue of this being hinted with a cough, as Anne does not learn of Ruby's illness until just before the latter's death.
* Averted and parodied in the Fourth Wall-abusing novel ''The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun'''. In one scene near the beginning Philip Roth--yes, that Philip Roth--coughs, and [[LampshadeHanging remarks]] that means he'll be dead by the end of the novel. The protagonist tells him that it's a parody and he shouldn't worry. [[spoiler:As you've probably guessed, it's played straight in the end. Roth knew he was dying all along, and furthermore, had killed Lilian Jackson Braun himself, out of a deep-seated hatred of her books]].

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** Such as adults commenting that she looks like a relative who died young, and a character predicting the futures of all her other playmates but limiting Cecily to that she will always be loved.
** She did something similar with Gilbert Blythe in her famous "Anne" series. Though it wasn't a cough, other characters begin to notice that Gilbert is looking pale and thin around the middle of "Anne of the Island". By summer, it is revealed he has come down with typhoid fever. This turns out to be a crucial plot point; Gilbert being ill prompts the titular Anne to re-examine her feelings towards him, and she realizes she's in love with him after all. Unlike other characters (dead seems to be a common theme in her novels, both humorous and sad examples), Gilbert does not die.
** Ruby Gillis, Anne's childhood friend, does die of "galloping consumption" in the same novel, but there is no issue of this being hinted with a cough, as Anne does not learn of Ruby's illness until just before the latter's death.
* Averted and parodied Parodied in the Fourth Wall-abusing novel ''The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun'''. In one scene near the beginning Philip Roth--yes, that Philip Roth--coughs, and [[LampshadeHanging remarks]] that means he'll be dead by the end of the novel. The protagonist tells him that it's a parody and he shouldn't worry. [[spoiler:As you've probably guessed, it's played straight in the end. Roth knew he was dying all along, and furthermore, had killed Lilian Jackson Braun himself, out of a deep-seated hatred of her books]].



* ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' has Lawrence's mom dying of what the book suggests was 1918's [=H1N1=] flu. Incredibly justified - the 1918 flu was notorious for young, healthy people becoming sick one day and not waking up the next.



* Raistlin Majere in the DragonLance novels suffers from this over the course of his entire life to the point of more than once nearly blacking out/suffocating altogether because of particularly nasty incidents of it. Subverted [[spoiler: because it doesn't actually kill him. Much of the description of the ailment points more toward it being asthma rather than anything outright lethal]] despite many occurrences of BloodFromTheMouth.
27th May '16 3:23:11 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Interestingly, he tries to hold off a Predator while the others escape, only for the Pred to scan him, see his mangled lungs, and walk past. Weyland is annoyed at being ignored and sets the creature ''on fire'' with his inhaler. ''Now'' the Predator is pissed and stabs the old man.



** Not to mention, pancreatic cancer is rapidly metastatic (it spreads incredibly fast), and by the time the symptoms appear, it's propagated too much to be effectively treated.
* Another Western movie example: In the spirit of all the "beautiful young woman dying from tuberculosis" operas mentioned below, Creator/NicoleKidman's character Satine in ''Film/MoulinRouge'' is also dying from tuberculosis. In a slight subversion, she doesn't know she's dying (even though it should be pretty frickin' obvious), because Harold (her boss and father figure) tells the doctor not to tell her so she can continue to perform. Even though someone in the late stages of tuberculosis would not have been able to hit the notes she was singing, or sing at all for that matter.
** And because the doctor has told him there is nothing anyone can do, and Harold cares about her and does not want her to learn such depressing news.
*** Justified, as uncontrollable coughing up of blood is the strongest symptom of tuberculosis.

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** Not to mention, pancreatic cancer is rapidly metastatic (it spreads incredibly fast), and by the time the symptoms appear, it's propagated too much to be effectively treated.
* Another Western movie example: In the spirit of all the "beautiful young woman dying from tuberculosis" operas mentioned below, Creator/NicoleKidman's character Satine in ''Film/MoulinRouge'' is also dying from tuberculosis. In a slight subversion, she doesn't know she's dying (even though it should be pretty frickin' obvious), because Harold (her boss and father figure) tells the doctor not to tell her so she can continue to perform. Even though someone in the late stages of tuberculosis would not have been able to hit the notes she was singing, or sing at all for that matter.
** And because the doctor has told him there is nothing anyone can do, and Harold cares about her and does not want her to learn such depressing news.
*** Justified, as uncontrollable coughing up of blood is the strongest symptom of tuberculosis.
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* Sarcastically parodied ([[CaptainObvious of course]]) in ''Film/SuperheroMovie''. The soon-to-be-villain has a brief coughing fit; the handkerchief he uses comes away with a blood splotch on it. When the protagonist asks if he's okay, the villain replies, "Oh, yes, I'm fine. This is ''healthy'' cough blood."
* Longshanks, in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. Introduced subtly as a very mild sneeze; by the end he's dead from consumption.
** Although considering the movie takes place over a number of years, it's excusable.

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* Sarcastically parodied ([[CaptainObvious of course]]) in ''Film/SuperheroMovie''. The soon-to-be-villain has a brief coughing fit; the handkerchief he uses comes away with a blood splotch on it. When the protagonist asks if he's okay, the villain replies, "Oh, yes, I'm fine. This is ''healthy'' cough blood."
* Longshanks, in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. Introduced subtly as a very mild sneeze; by the end he's dead from consumption.
** Although considering
consumption. Given his age and the movie takes place over a number of years, it's excusable.time period, however, he was going to go pretty soon anyway.



** The real-life Sylvia Llewelyn Davies had a better excuse for not seeking treatment: inoperable chest cancer. How that translates to a cough of doom is anyone's guess.
** Subverted in the more historically accurate 1978 miniseries ''The Lost Boys'': J.M. Barrie himself, a chronic smoker, is highly prone to coughing fits from the beginning, but it never manifests itself as a disease of any import.



* In ''Film/{{Constantine}}'', the eponymous AntiHero is dying of lung cancer, complete with bloody cough, and he knows it. In the end, of course, [[spoiler:he tricks the Devil into curing him so he won't [[GoIntoTheLight go to Heaven]]]].
** That wasn't a trick, that was [[spoiler:the Devil]] being an asshole because he didn't want to lose; Constantine really shouldn't have given him ''the finger'' while going into the light...
*** In the novelization, it wasn't Constantine's fault he flipped off the devil. God made him do it as He carried Constantine into the Light.

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* In ''Film/{{Constantine}}'', the eponymous AntiHero is dying of lung cancer, complete with bloody cough, and he knows it. In the end, of course, [[spoiler:he tricks the [[spoiler:the Devil into curing cures him so he won't [[GoIntoTheLight go to Heaven]]]].
** That wasn't a trick, that was [[spoiler:the Devil]] being an asshole because he didn't want to lose; Constantine really shouldn't have given him ''the finger'' while going into the light...
*** In the novelization, it wasn't Constantine's fault he flipped off the devil. God made him do it as He carried Constantine into the Light.
Heaven]].



* ''[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith]]'' (No [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], although it went in more depth about it) Villainous General Grievous starts coughing as soon as he appears on-screen (Probably so that the audience notices he's not a robot although he looks like one). He'll die... shot.
** However, the cough had nothing to do with why he died. Obi-Wan shooting out his gutsack with a blaster took care of that.
** The cough was actually from when he abducted Palpatine in the last episode of the first Clone Wars series. One of the Jedi knights force-crushed his rib-cage as he made his escape.
** His rib-cage gets crushed TWICE, once in the Clone Wars comics (by Mace Windu), and AGAIN in the aforementioned miniseries.
25th May '16 6:23:39 AM Kid
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* Composer and Pianist, FryderykChopin, was almost as famous for his consumption as he was for his music ''(he finally died of it at age 39)''.

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* Composer and Pianist, FryderykChopin, Pianist FryderykChopin was almost as famous for his consumption as he was for his music ''(he finally died of it at age 39)''.
25th May '16 6:22:28 AM Kid
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** Prolonged periods of heartburn or other ailments that cause stomach acids to go into the throat, (GERD) can result in the vocal cords making large amounts of mucus to defend itself. This results in a nasty cough, that most likely will not harm you.

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** Prolonged periods of heartburn or other ailments that cause stomach acids to go into the throat, (GERD) throat (GERD), which can result in the vocal cords making large amounts of mucus to defend itself. This results in a nasty cough, cough that most likely will not harm you.
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