How did Dan Blocker die?


Dan Blocker died on May 13, 1972, of a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism occurs when at least one of the pulmonary arteries leading to the lungs become blocked. These are generally caused by blood clots.

Dan Blocker, who played Hoss Cartwright on "Bonanza," went into the hospital in May 1972 for routine gallbladder surgery. During recovery, he suddenly died from a blood clot in his lung. The death of the actor led to "Bonanza" shooting its last season with hastily rewritten scripts that called for the explanation of Hoss' death. The other actors and viewers felt that the series turned from its original light-hearted mood to a more grim, dark tone.

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