Sam Rubin Cause Of Death Revealed

A cause of death has been revealed for Sam Rubin. The veteran KTLA entertainment reporter died of a heart attack caused by coronary artery disease, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner confirmed Tuesday.

According to the Medical Examiner’s report, Rubin suffered from “ischemic heart disease due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.”

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The cause is listed as natural.

Rubin was last on air on May 9 and showed no outward signs of illness, according to his co-workers. He called in sick the following day and went to a hospital with stomach pain after calling 911. He was pronounced dead in the emergency room a short time later.

Rubin joined KTLA Morning News in 1991, about six months after the program debuted. He won multiple News Emmys and Golden Mike Awards and received a lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association. He also was named Best Entertainment Reporter by the Los Angeles Press Club.

Rubin also was a longtime regular on KNX-AM in Los Angeles, provided brief showbiz-news reports, and regularly appeared on BBC TV and radio in the UK and also did radio and TV reports in Australia.

“KTLA 5 is profoundly saddened to report the death of Sam Rubin,” the station posted on social media the day of his death. “Sam was a giant in the local news industry and the entertainment world, and a fixture of Los Angeles morning television for decades. His laugh, charm and caring personality touched all who knew him. Sam was a loving husband and father: the roles he cherished the most. Our thoughts are with Sam’s family during this difficult time.”

Rubin was one of the founding members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest organization of film and television critics in the United States with more than 200 members. In 1996, the BFCA began the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and he hosted the 2013 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

Tom Tapp and Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.

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