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Fred Willard's Official Cause Of Death Released

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By Clark Sparky

The cause of death of acting legend Fred Willard has officially been labeled as a cardiac arrest, according to his death certificate, which was obtained on Tuesday by TMZ. The 86-year-old also had some underlying health conditions, including a blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome and coronary artery disease.

The television and movie star’s death certificate also staters that he died in his home at 6:45 p.m. on May 15th and that he was buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, where many other celebrities have been laid to rest.

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His daughter Hope originally announced Willard’s passing and said that he died peacefully. At the time of his death, Hope said that her father "kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever."

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Willard was known for dozens of memorial roles in shows and movies, including his work on Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, This Is Spinal Tap, the Anchorman films, “Modern Family,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and many, many more. He is also in “Space Force,” the new Netflix series that stars Steve Carell. After spending time in the military early in his life, he went on to enjoy six decades as a successful actor.

"He was more than just funny. He had a light inside him; you could see glint of it in his eyes. And it made everyone around him happy," Jimmy Kimmel said during the opening monologue of a show earlier this month that was dedicated entirely to Willard.

It was Kimmel who helped Willard cope with passing of his wife, Mary, by having him on his show shortly after her passing.

"I went with him and I was nervous," Hope recalled. "He was so quiet. He put on his costume, and I laughed and started to take a picture to text to my mom … which was weird. But she would have laughed. Then, he went to do the scene and all of a sudden, Bam! Fred Willard in hilarious action. He nailed the bit."

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who knew Williard well through her husband Christopher Guest, wrote about the late actor on Twitter shortly after his death was made public. "How lucky that we all got to enjoy Fred Willard's gifts," Curtis wrote. "He is with his missed Mary now. Thanks for the deep belly laughs Mr. Willard."

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