Doctor: Dennis Farina Was Being Treated for Cancer

July 23, 2013 - 1:36 PM

Obit Dennis Farina

FILE - This 2004 file image released by NBC shows actor Dennis Farina in character as Police Detective Joe Fontana on NBC's "Law & Order." Farina died suddenly on Monday, July 22, 2013, in Scottsdale, AZriz., after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Dennis Farina's doctor says the actor died while being treated for lung cancer.

Farina, who died Monday after suffering a blood clot in his lung, had been under treatment for the cancer for several months, according to his cardiologist, Dr. Marc A. Kates.

Thirteen years ago Farina had been diagnosed with "a small cancer that was treated and cured with surgery," Kates said in a statement on Tuesday.

But in recent months the cancer had recurred and, despite ongoing treatment, the blood clot "unexpectedly and suddenly took his life," Kates said.

The 69-year-old Farina, who died in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital, was known for such films as "Get Shorty" and "Out of Sight," and for TV series including "Law & Order" and "Luck."