Dennis Farina, Veteran Star of Law & Order, Dies at 69

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Sad news out of the television world today:

Dennis Farina, a veteran actor of the big and small screen, has passed away at the age of 69.

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Farina was known for such movies as Midnight Run and Get Shorty.

But he also anchored Law & Order from 2004-2006 as Detective Joe Fontana. Other TV roles have included stints on Luck and as Nick Miller's con artist of a father on New Girl Season 2.

Details surrounding Farina's death remain unclear at this time, but his publicist confirmed the news to The Associated Press.

The 69-year old leaves behind three adult children and six grandchildren. We send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.

UPDATE: Farina's rep now confirms that the star died of a blood clot in his long and was at home in Arizona when it occurred.

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So long Mr. Torello.

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very sad news indeed. he was one of my dad's favorite actors and mine too. i grew up watching him with my dad. my dad passed away last year. strange but sad. i hope his family will find strenght in this hard time. blessings. Lee. he was a legend amongst actors.

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