Sinatra Died 2 Hours After 911 Call
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Frank Sinatra had been diagnosed with clogged arteries a decade before his death that came two hours after a heart attack at his Beverly Hills estate, according to his death certificate.
The certificate signed by Dr. Jeffrey Helfenstein, the entertainer’s doctor for five years, provided only stark detail about Sinatra’s final hours May 14. It was obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
Two hours prior to death, the 82-year-old entertainer was at home when he was stricken with acute myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack, and paramedics called to the residence rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
His wife, Barbara, was dining with friends at a nearby restaurant when she was notified and she went to the hospital and stayed at his side until death.
Thirty minutes before his death at 10:50 p.m., Sinatra suffered cardiorespiratory arrest _ his heart and lungs stopped functioning _ while in the Cedars-Sinai emergency room, the county Department of Health Services document showed.
The certificate said Sinatra was diagnosed with clogged arteries, coronary atherosclerosis, for 10 years. The word ``none″ was typed in the box marked ``other significant conditions contributing to death.″
Prior to his death there were tabloid reports that Sinatra had cancer, which his family denied. The document also simply said that Sinatra was a self-employed entertainer for 65 years.