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Heart attack or heart failure

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21 Apr 1910 Author Mark Twain dies of angina pectoris at 6:30 pm, Redding CT. Buried in Elmira, NY.
29 Jun 1933 Actor Fatty Arbuckle dies of a heart attack, Hollywood CA. Cremated, ashes scattered in Pacific ocean.
12 Dec 1939 Actor Douglas Fairbanks dies in his sleep of a heart attack at his home in Santa Monica, CA.
3 Aug 1955 Brazilian dancer Carmen Miranda dies of a heart attack at her home in Beverly Hills, CA. One million people attended her funeral in Rio de Janiero.
16 Aug 1956 Silent film actor and star of Plan 9 from Outer Space, Bela Lugosi dies of a heart attack in his apartment Los Angeles CA. He was buried wearing his Dracula cape. Since he died at the beginning of filming of Plan 9, most of his role was played by other actors with the face obscured.
16 Nov 1960 Actor Clark Gable dies of a heart attack, Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. He had a previous heart attack on the 6th. Hospital spokesman B. J. Caldwell: "He appeared to be doing fine. He was sitting up, the he put his head back on the pillow and that was that."
21 Jul 1967 Sherlock Holmes actor Basil Rathbone dies of a heart attack, at his home in New York City.
29 Jul 1974 Cass Elliot dies. Death certificate reads: "Fatty Myocardial Degeneration due to Obesity. Natural Causes." Yes, even her death was "fatty".
28 Jun 1975 Director of The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling dies after a heart bypass operation, Rochester NY.
14 Oct 1977 Entertainer Bing Crosby dies of a heart attack on a golf course in Madrid, Spain.
5 Nov 1977 Big Bandleader Guy Lombardo (Gaetano Alberto Lombardo) dies of a heart attack following open-heart surgery, Houston TX.
11 Jan 1982 Actor Paul Lynde found dead in West Hollywood, naked and with poppers in his hand.
20 Jul 1984 Jim Fixx, running guru and author of The Complete Book of Running, drops dead of a heart attack while jogging. An autopsy revelas one coronary artery was 99% clogged, another 80%, and a third 70%. He also had apparently had smaller attacks in the weeks before his death which he had ignored.
12 Dec 1988 Tony Provenzano, a figure in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, dies of a heart attack in prison.
23 Jan 1989 Surrealist artist Salvador Dali dies from heart failure and respiratory complications, Figueras Spain.
24 Oct 1991 Gene Roddenberry, creator of the Star Trek science fiction franchise, dies in a Santa Monica, California hospital after a heart attack.
5 Dec 1991 Multiple murderer Richard Speck dies of a heart attack in prison.
4 Mar 1994 Actor John Candy dies of a heart attack during filming of Wagons East on location in Durango, Mexico.
23 Apr 1995 Sportscaster Howard Cosell dies of a heart embolism, New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases.
1 Jul 1995 Radio DJ Wolfman Jack dies of a heart attack, Belvidere, NC.
18 Jan 1996 Pool player Minnesota Fats (Rudolf Walter Wanderone) dies of congestive heart failure, Nashville TN.
30 Nov 1996 Ukelele player Tiny Tim dies of a heart attack while playing Tiptoe, Minneapolis MN.
29 Oct 1997 Anton Szandor LaVey, founder of the First Church of Satan and author of The Satanic Bible, dies from a cardiac arrest at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco. His death certificate incorrectly lists the date as October 31.
29 Nov 1999 Match Game show host Gene Rayburn dies of congestive heart failure, Gloucester, MA. Colin Quinn, on Saturday Night Live's fake news: "Gene Rayburn passed away this week. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that people send blank."
12 Dec 1999 Author of Catch 22, Joseph Heller, dies of a heart attack at his home in East Hampton, Long Island, soon after completing what was intended to be his final novel.
28 Dec 1999 The Lone Ranger Claytone Moore dies of a heart attack, Los Angeles CA.
23 May 2000 Cartoonist B. Dwaine Tinsley dies of a heart attack. He is best known for his cartoon Chester the Molester in Hustler magazine.
1 Jul 2000 Actor Walter Matthau dies of a heart attack, but also had colon cancer which had spread to liver, lungs and brain. Los Angeles, CA.
13 Mar 2001 Serial killer Henry Lee Lucas dies in his cell of heart failure.
11 May 2001 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams dies suddenly of a heart attack while on his treadmill, Santa Barbara CA.
13 Jan 2002 Film director Ted Demme (among his credits, Blow, producer of Yo! MTV Raps!), dies of a heart attack while playing basketball in Los Angeles. He was pronounced dead at 5:28 pm at UCLA Medical Center. Demme had small amounts of cocaine in his system, which may have contributed to his death.
31 Aug 2002 Jazz musician Lionel Hampton dies of a heart attack, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City.
18 Nov 2002 Actor, Our Man Flint, James Coburn dies of a sudden heart attack at his home in Santa Monica CA, while listening to music with his wife.
11 Sep 2003 Actor John Ritter dies at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center after suffering a tear in his aorta on the set of his television show.
8 Sep 2003 Filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl dies from heart failure at her home in P÷cking, 10:50 pm.
26 Sep 2003 Musician Robert Palmer dies of a heart attack at the Warwick Hotel, Paris.
5 Nov 2003 Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield dies of a heart attack in Kalamazoo, MI. The cause was later determined to be a cocaine overdose.
13 Nov 2004 Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (a.k.a. Russell Tyrone Jones) dies of heart failure after complaining of chest pains. A subsequent autopsy reveals ODB overdosed on cocaine and painkillers.


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