KTLA Entertainment reporter’s cause of death revealed
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KTLA Entertainment reporter’s cause of death revealed

UPDATE with official cause of death: In a report obtained by KTLA, the Los Angeles Medical Examiner said former entertainment reporter Sam Rubin suffered from “ischemic heart disease due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.” His cause of death was listed as “natural.”

According to the station, Rubin, 64, was experiencing abdominal pain on the morning of May 10 and went to the hospital on his own. The journalist was pronounced dead in the emergency room just after 11 a.m.

PREVIOUSLY May 10: Sam Rubin, who was a mainstay of Los Angeles television news as a longtime KTLA entertainment reporter and a regular red-carpet interviewee, died today, the network announced. He was 64.

Rubin’s family confirmed he died of a heart attack, KTLA reported. He was last on the air Thursday morning and showed no outward signs of illness, according to his aides. He called in sick on Friday.

Rubin’s colleagues at KTLA remembered him with tears and anecdotes on the air that afternoon. “We don’t know what happened, but it was sudden,” said Frank Buckley, the longtime morning anchor. Another longtime colleague, Eric Spillman, called to say, “I can’t believe we’re reporting this — it’s such a shock.”

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

Among the visitors was Henry Winkler, one of Rubin’s favorite guests.

“It’s the scariest thing,” Winkler said by phone from the airport. “I know two things: He made you feel special every time (he interviewed you), and I’m not the only one who felt that special warmth.”

The network also aired a minute-long clip from the 2020 SAG Awards red carpet today, in which Tom Hanks himself stopped to chat with Rubin, turning the tables and extolling the virtues of KTLA, Rubin and “Sky Chopper 5.”

Ruby joined KTLA Morning News in 1991, about six months after the show debuted. He has won multiple News Emmy Awards and Golden Mike Awards and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association. He was also named Best Entertainment Reporter by the Los Angeles Press Club.

Rubin was a long-time regular on Los Angeles’ KNX-AM, reporting on showbiz news, and appeared regularly on British television and BBC radio. He also reported on radio and television in Australia.

Rubin is a founding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest organization of film and television critics in the United States, with over 200 members. In 1996, the BFCA launched the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and hosted the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in 2013.

In 2021, Rubin ran for the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Board of Broadcasters Representative as part of the MembershipFirst party alongside Matthew Modine and Joely Fisher. One of his main concerns was the changes to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan eligibility requirements.

After hearing the news, Fisher tweeted today: “This is a shocking loss!!! #TEAR “to my friend who I have been with for many years.”

He also owned SRE, Inc., a television production company that produced over 200 hours of television and cable programming, including several Live from red carpet shows and 120 talk show episodes Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin which was aired on Reelz.

Rubin is the author of two books, and his work has been published in print and online worldwide. He appears regularly on BBC television and radio in the UK, and is a regular contributor to Triple M radio and Channel 9 in Australia.

His charitable work included promoting the annual Bay to Bay bike ride from Orange County to San Diego to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research.

He is survived by his wife Leslie and four children.

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