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Late Reporter Sam Rubin’s Official Cause Of Death ‘Deferred’

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KTLA reporter Sam Rubin tragically passed away on Friday, and the news of his death took the entire entertainment industry by surprise.

Following his passing, the Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s office opened an investigation into his sudden death, and according to a current update, Rubin’s death has been listed as “deferred.”

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Sam Rubin’s Official Cause Of Death Listed As ‘Deferred’

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According to the County Of Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s office, Rubin’s autopsy has been completed. However, his official cause of death has been listed as “deferred,” and his place of death has been listed as the “hospital” he was rushed to.

The medical examiner listing Rubin’s death as “deferred” means more investigation needs to be undertaken to truly determine what led to the reporter’s demise.

Following news of his passing, sources alleged to TMZ that Rubin had died from a heart attack. They also noted that he suffered a cardiac arrest before being taken to the hospital.

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Sam Rubin’s Final Interview

In the hours before the seasoned KTLA anchor’s tragic passing, Rubin shared his final interview on his social media platforms.

His final interview featured actress Jane Seymour discussing her latest Netflix film, “Irish Wish.” During the chat, Seymour reminisced about filming in Ireland, while Rubin delved into her experiences in Dublin and her upcoming show on AcornTV, “Harry Wild.”

Seymour later posted a heartfelt tribute, mourning Rubin’s kindness and support with a picture of them together from the interview.

In the caption, she wrote: “It’s hard to believe that just yesterday I was with @samontv. I’m deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was consistently kind, happy, and always ready to offer assistance with any project I was a part of. You will be missed, Sam.”

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Celebrities Pay Tribute To The Beloved Reporter

Reporter Sam Rubin's Official Cause Of Death Listed As 'Deferred' After Autopsy Was Completed
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Following the announcement of Rubin’s passing, an outpouring of condolences flooded the comment section of his Instagram post. Actress Selma Blair reflected on her interactions with Rubin, writing: “You were first on air interview , and one of my last. I feel so fortunate to have watched you and known you for so many years. Oh Sam! This is a sad moment , to know you are not here on this Earth. Your memory will be a blessing. Another beloved favorite! Thank you for your humanity.”

Laura Marano shared her disbelief and sorrow, emphasizing Rubin’s significant impact on morning news. “This truly doesn’t feel real…Sam, you will be so, so missed. Morning news won’t be the same without you,” she commented.

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Daphne Zuniga sent her love to Rubin’s family, recalling how his presence always brought joy. “Love to you his family and close ones. Sam Rubin always made me happy!”

E! News host Jason Kennedy and entertainment reporter Liam McEwan echoed sentiments of love and loss, adding: “We all loved you Sam,” and “Rest in peace brother. We’ll miss you on the carpets.”

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KTLA Pays Tribute To Sam Rubin

After announcing his passing, KTLA paid tribute to Rubin, emphasizing his significant impact on both the local news industry and the entertainment world.

Taking to X, they wrote: “KTLA 5 is profoundly saddened to report the death of Sam Rubin. Sam was a giant in the local news industry and the entertainment world, and a fixture of Los Angeles morning television for decades.”

Describing Rubin as a “giant,” the statement continued: “KTLA 5 is profoundly saddened to report the death of Sam Rubin. 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.”

The channel extended its deepest condolences to Rubin’s family concluding: “Our thoughts are with Sam’s family during this difficult time.”

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Sam Rubin’s Lifetime Achievements On TV

Reporter Sam Rubin's Official Cause Of Death Listed As 'Deferred' After Autopsy Was Completed
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Rubin’s tenure at KTLA spanned over three decades, beginning in 1991, where he specialized in covering entertainment, movies, and TV. His show, “Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin,” produced 120 episodes under his production company SRE, Inc.

Additionally, SRE has contributed over 200 hours of programming for various broadcast and cable channels, notably including live red carpet shows. Rubin’s contributions extended beyond broadcasting; he was a founding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Rubin’s accolades include multiple Emmy awards, a Golden Mic Award for best entertainment reporter, and a lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association. He was also named best entertainment reporter by the Los Angeles Press Club.

In 2013, the iconic entertainment reporter received the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Impact Award for outstanding integrity in broadcast journalism. He also supported various causes such as the MS 150 Bay to Bike Tour, LA schools, and literacy programs. Rubin is survived by his wife, Leslie, and four children.

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