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Dennis Farina died Monday morning in Scottsdale, Arizona, his publicist confirmed to the Associated Press. TMZ reports that the actor, who was 69, suffered a blood clot in his lung.

Farina was a Chicago police officer for almost two decades before trading in his badge for the screen. He starred on TV shows such as "Law & Order" and "Luck," and most recently guest-starred on "New Girl," and appeared in many films, including "Get Shorty," "Snatch," and "Midnight Run."

The actor, who was born in Chicago in 1944, is survived by three adult children and six grandchildren. Farina's publicist added that he is also survived by "the love of his life of 35 years, Marianne Cahill." TMZ notes that the pair were never married.

"I was stunned and saddened to hear about Dennis's unexpected passing this morning," said "Law & Order" executive producer Dick Wolf in a statement. "The 'Law & Order' family extends sympathy and condolences to his family. He was a great guy."

[via AP, TMZ]
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