James Farentino's Death Certificate Notes Broken Hip as Official Cause of Death

February 03, 2012 07:55:05 GMT

The 73-year-old actor, who played George Clooney's estranged father on 'ER', was originally reported to have passed away from heart failure following a long illness.

James Farentino's Death Certificate Notes Broken Hip as Official Cause of Death
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When James Farentino passed away on January 24, a family spokesman said that he died of heart failure. His death certificate, however, said differently. Released by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Thursday, January 24, it uncovered that the 73-year-old actor died from complications from a broken hip.

The document listed Farentino's official cause of death as "sesquelae of right hip fracture," which he suffered in December 2011 after falling out of his bed. Sesquelae is a pathological condition resulting from disease, injury or trauma. The nature of the complications that killed him was not disclosed though.

While broken hip is blamed for Farentino's passing, his heart could still be a contributing factor. Per the coroner's report, the actor who played George Clooney's estranged father on "ER" also had diabetes, hypertensive arteriosclerotic cardiopulmonary disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


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posted by Jerry Mazza on Jul 05, 2012
I am sorry and shocked to hear of the loss of James Farentino. He starred in the premiere production of my play, "My Father's House" along with the late Len Lesser (Uncle Leo of Seinfeld fame). James could deliver moments of great power on stage, and moments of fiery temper off-stage, though in the end he was a man of great heart and dedication to the work of acting. His last theater production before mine had been as Stanley Kowalsky in Tennessee Williams, "Streetcar Named Desire. His picture hangs in my writing room as his growly voice in my memory. Rest in Peace, James, Jerry Mazza, writer.

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