Although legendary television and film actress Cloris Leachman passed away at the age of 94 over three weeks ago, the cause of her death wasn’t known to the public.
An official death certificate released this week, however, listed the cause of her passing as a result of a cerebrovascular accident — commonly known as a stroke — with COVID-19 as a contributing cause of her death, although it was noted that the virus didn’t cause the stroke, The Daily Caller reported.
San Diego County officials released the death certificate on Thursday, which provided greater detail about her last days, Entertainment Weekly reported.
The actress, famous for her work in Facts of Life and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, reportedly fought a serious battle with COVID-19 in the period of time leading up to her death.
Leachman’s death certificate also revealed the date of her cremation, which took place on Feb. 7.
Dinah Englund, Leachman’s daughter, is reportedly keeping her mother’s remains at her Encinitas, California home.
Longtime manager Juliet Green was the first to reveal that Leachman had passed away in late January. She issued a touching statement about her time with the renowned screen and film actor.
“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,” Green said. “With a single look she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh ’till the tears ran down your face.”
Other COVID-19 deaths
Leachman is among a growing list of celebrities who have died as a direct or indirect result of catching the COVID-19 virus.
According to People, Dawn Wells, who starred in the hit television series Gilligan’s Island, passed away in late December at the age of 82 as a result of deadly complications from the virus.
Country music legend Charley Pride died from COVID-19 in December 2020 at the age of 86. Pryde was known for country music mega-hits like Kiss an Angel Good Morning and Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone.
A number of other celebrities and U.S. politicians have recently succumbed to the COVID-19 virus and, unfortunately, they likely won’t be the last to be added to the list as the world continues to fight to finally contain the virus.