Cloris Leachman died of a stroke and COVID was a contributing condition: Medical Examiner

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Cloris Leachman’s death certificate reveals the legendary actress battled COVID-19 and the virus was a major illness that contributed to her death.

Leachman died of a cerebrovascular accident often referred to as a stroke. A spokesman for the San Diego County’s Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed this to PEOPLE.

COVID-19 was a major illness that contributed to her death, but was not the underlying cause, according to the spokeswoman.

Leachman was cremated on February 7 and her remains are being held at her daughter Dinah Englund’s home in Encinitas, California, according to an ET Online death certificate first to report the news.

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Leachman died on January 27 at the age of 94, her manager Juliet Green previously confirmed this to PEOPLE.

“It was 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 glance, she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh until the tears fell over yours They never knew what Cloris was going to say or do, and that unpredictable quality was part of their unparalleled magic, “Green said in a statement.

“She was very fond of her children and grandchildren. As a lifelong vegetarian, she was passionate about animal rights. The family seeks donations on her behalf to PETA or Last Chance for Animals,” continued Green.

Leachman died in her Encinitas, California home with Englund by her side, according to TMZ, which first reported her death.

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After her death, Leachman’s former colleagues paid loving tributes to their legacy.

“Such sad news – Cloris was incredibly talented. She could make you laugh or cry. Always a pleasure to be on set,” said Mel Brooks – the Leachman director High fear History of the world, part 1 and The young Frankenstein – – wrote on Twitter.

“Every time I hear a horse neigh I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable wife Blücher,” he added The young Frankenstein Role. “She is irreplaceable and will be greatly missed.”

Ed Asner who kept playing The Mary Tyler Moore Show with Leachman, the star was remembered as simply “wonderful”.

“I’ll take my memories to my grave. I loved her. She was a cute mom,” said Asner Entertainment tonight Last month. “She was a free cat. She was just wonderful, a wonderful actress. And she would come up with some wonderful ideas.”

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