Actor Tab Hunter was suffering from prostate cancer when he died following a heart attack, according to his death certificate.
The star, real name Arthur Andrew Kelm, passed away from a blood clot which caused a heart attack on 8 July (17) at the age of 86.
The death certificate obtained by TMZ.com confirms he had deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or a blood clot, in his right leg and listed his cause of death as cardiogenic shock, when the heart suddenly can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs, and a massive pulmonary embolism, or a blocked blood vessel in the lungs.
However, the document, from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, also revealed that Hunter had been suffering from prostate cancer, which was listed under “other conditions contributing to death”.
Hunter made his film debut in 1950’s The Lawless and went on to feature in films and TV shows including Battle Cry, The Burning Hills, The Girl He Left Behind, Damn Yankees, The Tab Hunter Show, and Forbidden Area. He also made a name for himself as a singer, with hit songs Young Love and Ninety-Nine Ways.