”GodFather” Star James Caan’s Cause Of Death Revealed

The Los Angeles County coroner has determined that James Caan, 82, died early this month of a heart attack and vascular disease. He was best known for his role as Michael Corleone in the “Godfather” films.

TMZ was the first to get Caan’s death certificate, on which the coroner gave specific details about the actor’s death.

''GodFather'' Star James Caan's Cause Of Death Revealed

Myocardial infarction was indicated as the immediate cause of death, with coronary artery disease serving as a contributing factor. The certificate states that the patient has chronic obstructive lung disease and congestive heart failure.

On the evening of July 6 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Caan, well known for his role as Sonny Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather,” passed away.

His family broke the news of his passing via a tweet from his own account. The tweet concluded as it always does with his signature: “End ofย  the tweet.”

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Caan, a native New Yorker who grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, also had a storied acting career, appearing in such films as “Brian’s Song,” “Misery,” and “Elf.” Because of his performance in “The Godfather,” he received an Oscar nomination.

In the 1971 telefilm Brian’s Song, he played a football player who was dying of cancer. This role catapulted him to fame. The film and Caan’s performance were both well received by critics. The next year, he had a starring role in the classic film The Godfather.

The actor had been set to star in Coppola’s next film, “Megalopolis,” before his untimely passing.

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