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ROME (AP) _ Producer and director Bruce Paltrow, father of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, died in Italy, the U.S. Consulate said Thursday. He was 58.
A U.S. diplomatic official said on condition of anonymity that Paltrow died in Rome, and that the American Consulate was informed of the death Thursday.
``The consular section of the Embassy was contacted by the hospital where Mr. Paltrow died. It is the embassy’s responsibility to help with the return of the remains,″ the official said, adding no further details.
Paltrow, who was the husband of actress Blythe Danner, was known for the movie ``Duets″ (2000) and the TV show ``St. Elsewhere.″
He suffered a heart attack and died at a Rome hospital before dawn Wednesday, the Entertainment Tonight television program reported earlier. Paltrow, who had been battling throat cancer, traveled from his Los Angeles home to Italy to celebrate his daughter’s 30th birthday on Sept. 27, the show said.
He had made several public appearances in Italy in the last week, including at the Italian preview of the film ``Minority Report,″ starring Tom Cruise.