Cloris Leachman's Cause of Death was a Stroke, but COVID was a Contributing Factor

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Cloris Leachman's Cause of Death was a Stroke, but COVID was a Contributing Factor

Cloris Leachman’s death certificate has revealed that the actress had battled COVID-19 and the virus was a major condition that led to her death. 

She died of a cerebrovascular accident, mostly referred to as a stroke, according to a spokesperson for the San Diego County’s Medical Examiner’s Office. While COVID-19 was a major condition that led to her death, the underlying cause was something else. 

The first to report the news, ET Online, obtained a death certificate that stated that Cloris was cremated on February 7. Her remains are currently being kept at her daughter, Dinah Englund’s residence in Encinitas, California.

Cloris passed away on January 27, at the age of 94. The confirmation came from her manager, Juliet Green.

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. With a single look she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh till the tears ran down your face. You never knew what Cloris was going to say or do and that unpredictable quality was part of her unparalleled magic.” - Juliet Green

She continued, “She loved her children and her grandchildren ferociously. A lifelong vegetarian, she was a passionate advocate for animal rights. The family requests that any donations in her name be made to PETA or Last Chance for Animals.”

The actress died at her home in Encinitas, California. Following the unfortunate news, several of her former colleagues expressed their sadness online. 

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Mel Brooks, director of ‘History of the World, Part 1,’ ‘High Anxiety,’ and ‘Young Frankenstein,’ wrote on Twitter,

Such sad news — Cloris was insanely talented. She could make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat. Always such a pleasure to have on set. Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher. She is irreplaceable, and will be greatly missed.”

Ed Asner, Cloris' costar from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, remembered her as "marvelous."

I’ll carry my memories to my grave. I loved her. She was a sweet mama. She was a free cat. She was just marvelous, marvelous actress. And she would come up with some wonderful ideas.”