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Beloved Character Actor Abe Vigoda Dead At 94

The famous sunken-eyed character actor, who was also a victim of numerous death hoaxes in the past, reportedly died of natural causes.

By Christian Bryant | January 26, 2016

Actor Abe Vigoda died Tuesday. He was 94 years old.

Vigoda, described as a sunken-eyed character actor, died of old age, according to his daughter Carol.

Vigoda was best known for his roles as the grumpy detective Phil Fish in the police sitcom "Barney Miller" and for Sal Tessio in "The Godfather." (Video via ABC / "Barney Miller," Paramount Pictures / "The Godfather")

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Oddly enough, Vigoda was also pretty well-known for false reports of his death. The actor was first found alive after a false report in 1982. The Vigoda death hoax was a running gag ever since.

Vigoda is survived by his daughter.

This video includes images from Getty Images. 

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