Harry Anderson died of a stroke that he appeared to have suffered overnight, which might have been caused by the flu and a type of heart disease, according to documents obtained by TMZ.
Anderson, 65, died at his home in Asheville, North Carolina, on April 16, according to People magazine.
According to Anderson's death certificate, his primary cause of death was a cardioembolic cerebrovascular accident, which is a stroke that was caused by the heart pumping unwanted materials into the brain's circulation, TMZ wrote.
The document listed influenza and a heart disease that affects the tissue of the organ by either enlarging it or disrupting its natural motor function as other causes, TMZ reported.
His wife, listed on the death certificate as Elizabeth Morgan, told emergency personnel in a call to 911 that Anderson's body was cold and he could not be revived with CPR, TMZ wrote. She also said that the former "Night Court" star suffer a number of strokes earlier this year.
A magician turned actor, the comedy "Night Court" made him a star over nine seasons on NBC, according to Variety. When the show ended in 1992, he starred in the CBS comedy "Dave's World" for four seasons before moving to New Orleans to open a night club, the celebrity publication said.
Anderson first gained attention on the NBC hit show "Cheers," often guest starring as grifter Harry, "the Hat" Gittes in the early 1980s before moving on to his own show, Variety said. He also made guest appearances on FX's "Son of the Beach" in 2002 and NBC's "30 Rock" in 2008, the publication added.
After Hurricane Katrina damaged New Orleans in 2006, he moved to North Carolina, Variety said.
He was born in Rhode Island and became a street performer at 16 after a difficult childhood and moved in with his father in Los Angeles, Variety said. He worked his way to perform at the Magic Castle club in Los Angeles, where connections led him to appearances on "Saturday Night Live" before his break on "Cheers," Variety noted.
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