Legendary Hollywood actor James Caan passed away at the age of 82.Godfather actor passed away on Wednesday, his family announced on Thursday. The actor is best known for his role as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather.
"It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6. The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time," a tweet posted from Caan's Twitter handle on behalf of his family said.
Cause of Death
Matt DelPiano, Caan's manager, confirmed his death but didn't reveal the cause of his death. DelPiano stated that Jimmy was one of the greatest and not only was he one of the best actors our business has ever seen, he was funny, loyal, caring and beloved.
"Our relationship was always friendship before business. I will miss him dearly and am proud to have worked with him all these years," he said.
A football player at Michigan State University and a practical joker on production sets, Caan was a grinning, handsome performer with an athlete's swagger and muscular build. He managed a long career despite drug problems, outbursts of temper and minor brushes with the law, according to TIME.
Caan Recovered From Back Surgery in 2020
Oscar Nominee for the Godfather recovered from back surgery in 2020 and was seen using a walker last year at a California restaurant.
But in 2022 he was seen well and as he attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Godfather in February and looked almost fine.
He became slower in his work after 2015 when the actor was taken to a hospital over chest pain complaints which later emerged to be an infection.
Caan's death came a month after Ray Liotta passed away in his sleep in the Dominican Republic in May. The Goodfellas star was shooting for his upcoming film Dangerous Waters in the Dominican Republic.