Americans Mourns the Loss of Tony Curtis from COPD and Cardiac Arrest
Legendary screen actor Tony Curtis died Wednesday from a cardiac arrest; he was 85 years old. US TV network ABC News quoted the star’s business manager and family spokesman Preston Ahearn, who said the Oscar-nominated actor passed away last night peacefully in bed next to his wife
Curtis did more than 140 movies Curtis was the 1950s and was known for his sculpted pompadour hair, dreamy blue eyes and dashing looks, which accompanied what the New York Times described in an obituary as a "dramatically potent combination of naked ambition and deep vulnerability, both likely products of his Dickensian childhood in the Bronx."
An admitted drinker and addict, Curtis went to rehab in 1982 following his divorce. He was married 6 times his first marriage in 1951 was to actress Janet Leigh, his co-star in 1953's Houdini. One of the greatest tragedies of his life was when his 23-year-old son died of a heroin overdose in 1994.
"My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages," actress Jamie Lee Curtis said in a statement. "He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world. He will be greatly missed."
The actor who died from a cardiac arrest and had heart bypass surgery in 1994, suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and was hospitalized in mid-July after he had trouble breathing. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease also known as COPD is one of the most common lung diseases.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD
Most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. Long-term exposure to other lung irritants, such as air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust, also may contribute to COPD. COPD is a major cause of disability, and it's the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 12 million people are currently diagnosed with COPD. Many more people may have the disease and not even know it.
Though Curtis died of a cardiac arrest, COPD does take its toll on the heart. For more information about COPD contact The American Lung Association.