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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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CORRECT definition for sequela: a condition following as a consequence of a disease.

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The most common complication of a broken hip is pneumonia. The coroner or reporting doctor should have made all causes of death clear.

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Your choice of words "croaked thanks to a bum ticker" is absolutely disgusting and disrespectful. How you would you, Harvey Levin and your gang, like it if someone wrote that about your father? Your spouse? Your brother? You should make a public apology.

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M Woods    

Your use of the term "croaked" is rather crass and disrespectful. James Farentino, I'm guessing had his successful career before your time. Far more importantly, he was a human being. I'm sure his family and friends appreciate your glib treatment of his death.

909 days ago

M Woods    

Your use of the term "croaked" is rather crass and disrespectful. I'm sure his family and friends really appreciate your glib treatment of their loved one.

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Dale Latimer    

Sequelae are far more dangerous because the original illness or injury grossly compromised the victim's immune system. And Dean's spot on, today's health professionals have been largely dumbed down by all the promises the drug industry has been tossing around.

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