Like Dean Martin, Johnny Carson was a celebrity with COPD who lived in an era when smoking was glamorous. Smoking led many rich and famous to develop COPD. The host of the "Tonight Show" died of emphysema when he was 79. Carson reportedly told his brother shortly before his death it was "those damn cigarettes." According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, nine out of 10 COPD patient deaths are related to smoking.