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Dennis Farina 911 Call

He Has Cancer,

He Can't Breathe

7/23/2013 9:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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10:10 AM PT  Farina's cardiologist confirms the actor "had a small cancer 13 years ago that was treated and cured with surgery." He adds Dennis recently had a recurrence of the cancer and was getting treatment.

However, the doc is clear that the death was caused by the blood clot in Farina's lung ... not the cancer.

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"Law & Order" star Dennis Farina was suffering from cancer when he died ... this according to the 911 call placed just days before his death.

During the call -- placed early Saturday morning -- a woman in Farina's home says the actor needs oxygen, and describes him as a "cancer patient" who is having an extremely hard time breathing.

It has never been reported that Farina was diagnosed with cancer.

As we previously reported, the actor passed away Monday in Scottsdale from a blood clot in his lung, which would explain his breathing difficulties.

Farina was 69.

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32 COMMENTS

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1.

Spunky Funk    

Sorry, but not news.

466 days ago
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IN MY OPINION    

RIP

466 days ago
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Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

People who get cancer usually did something to deserve it.

466 days ago
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myopinion    

He is no longer suffering on this earth! R.I.P.

466 days ago
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james    

Just like you assh@le at TMZ to put something like this on here. OMG, NO CLASS HARVEY< NO CLASS

466 days ago
6.

Dan Frederiksen    

A smoker?
stop smoking people. It's super stupid.
There is no such thing as just one more. One more is 20 years more and your death

466 days ago
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JIMMY    

This is how you go when you have lung cancer, your lungs shut down slowly. He kept this a secret for a while, maybe six months to a year.

466 days ago
8.

Truth    

We didn't ever get a blood test result for Jim Paratore.

466 days ago
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Lionnnnnesssss    

Rest in Peach Dennis. I loved you in all the films I saw you in.

466 days ago
10.

Andy_Warhol    

Oh.. He was a fantastic man... Will be missed...

466 days ago
11.

Ali    

Who ever made the 911 call is a moron. Probably some idiot "care-giver." They are practically whispering and not being helpful to the dispatcher. If you have an emergency, speak clearly and be concise! It's not rocket science. If you don't it wastes valuable time. How dumb do you have to be to not even be able to make an emergency call codrrectly?

466 days ago
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TexasBlonde    

RIP Dennis.

466 days ago
13.

Janet beCraft    

RIP Dennis Ferina.
He was great on Law & Order.
My condolenses goes out to The Ferina Family and Chicago Police Department for the loss of their Husband, Father & A Police Officer

465 days ago
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Tracy    

a very believable actor, have liked him since Crime Story so many years ago. As for Ryuga the Dragon Emperor, his comments really are as stupid as his name.

465 days ago
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Tracy    

A very believable actor, have liked him since Crime Story so many years ago. As for Ryuga the Dragon Emperor, your words are as stupid as your name.

465 days ago
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