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James Farentino

Killed by a Broken Hip

2/2/2012 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

James Farentino
Hollywood legend James Farentino didn't die from heart failure -- according to the actor's death certificate, obtained by TMZ, he died from every old person's worst nightmare ... a broken hip.

There were reports the actor croaked thanks to a bum ticker -- but while his heart may have been a contributing factor in his demise ... the official cause of death is listed as "sequelae of right hip fracture."

For those who don't know ... sequela is doctor-speak for a pathological condition that stems from a previous injury -- in this case, a broken hip.

According to the death cert, Farentino broke his hip in December after falling out of his bed. The nature of the complication that eventually killed him last month is unclear.

Farentino was 73.


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Fidel's niece    

"that the actor croaked thanks to a bum ticker"
Was this written by
"an aspiring pulp fiction" TMZ writer?
TMZ, keeping it CLASSY and respectful as usual!

Harvey, shame on you!

933 days ago


croaked? really nice. :(

933 days ago


Some patients can suffer from a fat embolism that is released after breaking a large bone, usually a hip or femur. The embolism can potentially travel into the heart or lungs and be fatal.....

933 days ago


Pathetic of TMZ to say that the actor "croaked." How about a little respect?

933 days ago

Sharon Neal    

LOW CLASS, TMZ. Were you tryin for "cute" or just "Crass"?

933 days ago

Vernon P. Alarcon    

Are you ****ting me? You can't say Alfred Hitch**** on TMZ? How about **** Smothers from the Smothers Brothers? Tricky **** Nixon??? The Tufted Titmouse - a beautiful songbird?? The Wood**** - another bird? ***** Willow - a tree, *****cat Dolls - the band? Robert ***mings - an actor?
Talk about censorship! TMZ censorship is worse that CHINA!

933 days ago


Yeah. This is horribly irresponsible. I'm not surprised by the disrespect. It saddens me though. But posting a private address on a public website? That's just wrong. If you agree, re-tweet my last post @davidfarentino.

933 days ago


I agree, TMZ you did not write a nice piece about him. I think you should apologize to the family and rewrite it with a kinder tone. People can be so mean when someone passes on. That is the time we should show compassion.

933 days ago


Nine times out of 10, those who die soon after a hip fracture do so of pneumonia.

933 days ago

buzz kill    

In Hollywood they say break a leg, not a hip.

933 days ago


"reports the actor croaked thanks to a bum ticker", Yes, class act all the way TMZ. Please note actors full of themselves now, this is your future. You may be riding high now but look how you'll be treated when you're past your prime by the "my s**t don't stink" smart mouth people writing for these sites.

933 days ago


The TMZ editorial staff are a bunch of mouth breathing jag offs. Show some respect you wimpy *** sissy's.
As for JF...great actor RIP.

933 days ago


"There were reports the actor croaked thanks to a bum ticker?" What the hell's wrong with u TMZ? Show some respect. Morons.

933 days ago


Probably a fat embolism.

933 days ago

Throwback kid    

James Farentino was a real actor who had a long career in the business and TMZ showed him no respect "Croaked, really?" The Kardashians are nothing but worthless talentless tramps with no talent and TMZ gives these grifters the royal treatment, get it together TMZ

933 days ago
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