Rip Torn was a beloved television and movie actor who passed away at 88-years-old on July 9 in his Connecticut home. Now, the reason why he died has been released. 

According to a death certificate obtained by TMZ, the late actor died from Alzheimer's dementia.  

“Due to (or as a consequence of) Alzheimer’s dementia,” the document states under the cause of death section. 

In the “approximate interval onset to death” section, it was stated that Torn was diagnosed with this disease “years” before his passing, listing no specific day.

Torn was laid to rest in a cemetery in Poughkeepsie, NY. According to a local Poughkeepsie radio station, other celebrities buried there include Margaret Hamilton, who is known for playing the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz,” members of Alexander Hamilton’s family and the founders of the Smith Brothers cough drop company.

Torn was born on Feb. 6, 1931 in Temple, Texas. He made his movie debut in 1956 with the movie “Babydoll,” but can be best known as Artie in the HBO series “The Larry Sanders Show.” He could also be recognized from his role as Patches O’Houlihan in the hit comedy “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” or for playing Agent Zen in “Men in Black.”   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Some of Torn’s former co-stars took to social media to remember the star when he passed. 

“R.I.P Rip Torn. He was so great in “Defending Your Life.” I’ll miss you Rip, you were a true original,” actor Albert Brooks who also starred in “Defending Your Life” tweeted.

“I worked on @nbc30rock with #RipTorn in the role of Don Geiss, the head of GE. He was a deeply committed phenomenal actor. See you down the road, Rip. You wonderful madman,” Alec Baldwin tweeted.

“Just heard the sad news that the great Rip Torn has passed away. Rip was a class act. He was an incredible actor. One of the greats. A true legend. I am proud to have worked with him and to have known him. Rest in peace Rip,” Tom Green tweeted who played Torn’s son in “Freddy Got Fingered.”

Rip Torn Rip Torn during 2006 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Aspen - Larry Sanders Tribute in Aspen, Colorado, United States. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc