Last month, we reported that the Oscar-winning actress Cloris Leachman had passed away at the age of 94. Now, tragic new details about her passing have come to light, as her cause of death has been revealed.
The city of San Diego released Leachman’s death certificate on Thursday, and it revealed that she died of a cerebrovascular accident, which is essentially a stroke. The death certificate added that she had been battling coronavirus, and that COVID-19 played a significant role in her death, according to Entertainment Tonight. However, it is noted that COVID-19 did not directly cause the stroke that killed Leachman.
According to the death certificate, Leachman was cremated on February 7, and her remains are currently being kept at her daughter Dinah Englund’s home in Encinitas, California. Englund was at her mother’s side when she passed away on January 27, and news of the actress’ death was broken by her longtime manager Juliet Green.
“It’s been my privilege to work with Cloris Leachman, one of the most fearless actresses of our time. There was no one like Cloris. With a single look she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh ’till the tears ran down your face,” Green said in a statement. “You never knew what Cloris was going to say or do and that unpredictable quality was part of her unparalleled magic.”
At the time of her death, Leachman had nearly 300 film and television credits to her name at the time of her death. She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1972 for her work in The Last Picture Show, a Golden Globe in 1976 for her television show “Phyllis,” and seven Emmy Awards throughout her career for various projects. The Emmy wins had actually been predicted when Leachman was a child by a palm reader, who ended up being off by one in predicting that she would go on to win eight.
“She read my palm and I remember the words. Absolutely these words, ‘Some day, you will be before millions of people.’ And there wasn’t any such thing as television [at that time],” Leachman recalled “How could I be before millions of people? It was unbelievable. That and I saw myself as a child standing in light and I didn’t interpret it but I saw myself standing in light and many times when I’m standing in light I think about that.”
Leachman is survived by her beloved family, which includes four children and six grandchildren.