Dabney Coleman's Cause of Death Unveiled One Week Posthumous

Hollywood Mourns the Loss of Beloved Actor Dabney Coleman

by Zain ul Abedin
Dabney Coleman's Cause of Death Unveiled One Week Posthumous
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Veteran actor Dabney Coleman, known for his iconic roles in films like "9 to 5" and "Tootsie," passed away from cardiopulmonary arrest at the age of 92, according to a recently released death certificate. The seasoned actor died on May 16 in his Santa Monica home, leaving behind a legacy marked by over six decades in Hollywood.

The cause of Coleman's death was confirmed as cardiopulmonary arrest, also known as cardiac arrest, a sudden loss of heart function, as outlined by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health. This condition marks the cessation of effective ventilation and circulation, which ultimately led to his passing.

The death certificate, obtained by The Blast, also noted Coleman suffered from other significant health issues including dysphagia, which is difficulty in swallowing, and chronic systolic congestive heart failure, which further complicated his health in his final years.

His daughter Quincy Coleman shared a touching tribute to her father, describing him as a person who "crafted his time here on Earth with a curious mind, a generous heart, and a soul on fire with passion, desire, and humor." She emphasized that even as he approached the end of his life, he did so with "elegance, excellence, and mastery," and stressed that his spirit would continue to live through his work and loved ones.

Enduring Legacy Remembered

Throughout his illustrious career, Coleman accrued over 60 acting credits, leaving an indelible mark on both the big screen and television. His roles in TV shows like "Buffalo Bill" and "Boardwalk Empire" are as memorable as his film appearances.

His portrayal of characters often brought a unique blend of depth and humor, earning him acclaim and the affection of both peers and audiences. Following his death, tributes poured in from colleagues and fans alike. Notably, Dolly Parton, who starred alongside Coleman in "9 to 5," remembered him as not only a great actor but also a dear friend.

"He taught me so much when I was doing my first movie, and we remained friends through the years. I will miss him greatly," Parton said on social media. Similarly, actress Lily Tomlin, another "9 to 5" co-star, expressed her fond memories with Coleman, sharing a heartfelt post that reflected their long-standing friendship.