Cloris Leachman’s Cause of Death Revealed as Stroke, Coronavirus Also a Contributing Factor

Cloris Leachman won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show REUTERS

Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress Cloris Leachman’s cause of death has been revealed as a stroke, the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed.

The “Mary Tyler Moore Show” star died at 94 of natural causes at her home in Encinitas, California, on Jan. 27.

Donnie Ryan of the medical examiner’s office in San Diego confirmed Leachman’s cause of death was a stroke with COVID-19 listed as another significant condition.

Because Leachman’s death did not meet the criteria for an investigation, Ryan noted that the medical examiner’s office reviewed the death certificate but did not investigate the actress’s death

Leachman’s manager, Juliet Green, confirmed Leachman’s death at the time and remembered her as “one of the most fearless actresses of our time… With a single look she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh till the tears ran down your face. You never knew what Cloris was going to say or do and that unpredictable quality was part of her unparalleled magic.”

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