James Caan Cause Of Death Revealed
Screen legend James Caan, who became a household name because of his roles in films including The Godfather, Elf, and Misery, has finally had his cause of death announced.
The death certificate for 82-year-old Caan states that he passed away this month due to a heart attack and coronary artery disease.
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An earlier July tweet from the actor’s verified account revealed the tragic news that he had passed away.
James Caan Dies At 82
“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6,” the tweet reads. “The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Caan, after ten years in the industry, became a household name in the early 1970s thanks to a string of critically acclaimed performances. He was nominated for an Emmy for his role as cancer-stricken Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo in the ABC drama Brian’s Song, in which he co-starred with Billy Dee Williams as teammate Gale Sayers. With a 32.9 rating/48 share, it was the most-watched TV movie ever at the time, and it went on to win five Emmys, including Outstanding Single Program – Drama or Comedy.
Emmy-winning screenwriter William Blinn, of 2011’s Brian’s Song, remarked, “Jimmy’s Jimmy,” in an interview with the Television Academy Foundation. “He always had a cockiness, confidence. Very competitive. Edgy, in the best sense of the word. But he’s a guy with all the pluses and minuses you can have.”
JAMES CAAN DIES: Tributes are pouring in for actor James Caan, who died today at the age of 82. Caan’s legendary career spanned seven decades, starring in several films like “The Godfather” and “Elf.” pic.twitter.com/eJytbdgLyn
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) July 7, 2022
Caan then went on to star as Sonny Corleone, the eldest son of Don Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, for which he is most remembered. The cinematic adaptation of Mario Puzo’s best-seller is widely regarded as one of the best films of all time. The scene in which Caan is shot to death is widely regarded as one of cinema’s finest as well.
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