Ryan O’NealThe cause of his death has just been revealed.
According to The explosion, who obtained the actor’s death certificate, O’Neal died of congestive heart failure. The outlet also noted that the Love story star had suffered from cardiomyopathy for years. The Mayor’s Clinic notes cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body, which can lead to heart failure.
O’Neal died at St. John’s Medical in Los Angeles, according to his death certificate. There were no other factors leading to his death, and he was buried at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.
O’Neal, an Oscar-nominated actor known for Paper moon, Love story, Peyton Place and more, died December 8. He was 82.
Ryan’s son, Patrick O’Neal, shared the news on his Instagram pagewhere I wrote heartfelt captions next to three posts, all with photos of a sunset.
“So this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to say, but here we go. My father passed away peacefully today, with his loving team by his side, who supported him and loved him as he loved us,” he wrote. “This is very difficult for my wife Summer and me, but I will share some feelings to give you an idea of how great a man he is.”
“My dad Ryan O’Neal has always been my hero. I looked up to him and he was always larger than life,” he continued. “When I was born in 1967, my father was already a TV star Peyton Place. There he met my mother Leigh Taylor-Young, and about nine months later (a date night or two) I was born. My father became an international movie star Love story in the early 1970s, a decade he absolutely crushed by starring in films like What’s Up, Doc?, Paper Moon, Barry Lyndon, A Bridge Too Far, the main event, And The driver.“
‘He’s a Hollywood legend. Period,” Patrick added. “The growth spurt of the first name Ryan can be traced back to my father. That is a fact. He was Rodney Harrington at Peyton Place 3 days a week (he played 500 shows over 5 years) and then of course the Ryan name peaked Love story (the film that saved Paramount Studios and earned my father a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame).”
O’Neal’s daughter, Tatum, who won an Oscar starring her father Paper moonAlso paid tribute to her father. She took to Instagram and shared a video including a photo montage of the father-daughter duo through the years, as well as her own personal thanks.
“Thank you everyone for all your love and support,” she said in the clip. “He’s in heaven now.”
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