Sam Rubin’s cause of death confirmed by Los Angeles County coroner
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Sam Rubin’s cause of death confirmed by Los Angeles County coroner

(KTLA) — Sam Rubin, the beloved entertainment anchor of Nexstar’s KTLA, died of a heart attack caused by coronary artery disease, the Los Angeles County medical examiner confirmed Tuesday.

Rubin, 64, went to the hospital with stomach pains the morning of May 10 after calling 911. He was pronounced dead in the emergency room shortly after 11 a.m.


In its report, the medical examiner’s office said Rubin suffered from “ischemic heart disease due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.”

His heart stopped due to lack of blood and oxygen. The cause of death was “natural,” the medical examiner said.

A full coroner’s report is expected to be released by the end of the week.

According to the National Institutes of Health, ischemic heart disease is a leading cause of death worldwide, affecting approximately 126 million people. Symptoms include chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and swelling in the feet and ankles.

Rubin joined KTLA in 1991 and quickly became known as one of the nation’s most prominent local news personalities. His extensive knowledge of film and television, coupled with his deep connections in the industry, made him a celebrity among celebrities in the entertainment capital of the world.

Rubin’s sudden death was mourned by millions of Angeles residents, as well as viewers across the country and around the world.

Rubin is survived by his wife Leslie and his children Perry, Rory, Darcy and Colby.