KTLA reporter Sam Rubin’s cause of death revealed

The cause of death of KTLA reporter Sam Rubin has been released.

According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office, the anchor and entertainment reporter died of natural causes from ischemic heart disease due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, a condition in which the heart beats fatally due to a lack of blood and oxygen supply to the heart.

According to the American Heart Association, ischemic heart disease is caused by narrowed arteries, which reduces the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart muscle.

“Mr. Rubin arrived at a local hospital on the morning of May 10th with stomach pain after calling 9-1-1 as advised by his physician,” the coroner’s office said in a news release. “He was later pronounced dead in the emergency room.”

News of the KTLA reporter’s death came on May 10, when TMZ revealed that he had suffered a heart attack. The popular entertainment host had been with the network since 1991. The day he died, several celebrities called into KTLA to pay tribute to Rubin, including Henry Winkler, Cheryl Burke and Jerry O’Connell.

“KTLA 5 is deeply saddened to report the passing of Sam Rubin,” the channel wrote on X (formerly Twitter) at the time. “Sam was a giant in local news and entertainment, a fixture on Los Angeles morning television for decades. His smile, charm and caring personality touched all who knew him. Sam was a loving husband and father — the roles he cherished most. Our thoughts are with Sam’s family during this difficult time.”

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