Details surrounding Bert Belasco’s tragic passing have been revealed.
As reported by TMZ on Tuesday, the BET actor’s death certificate lists his immediate cause of death as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Essentially, that means the “Let’s Stay Together” star suffered from high blood pressure as well as the hardening and narrowing of his arteries.
Back in November, Bert’s father Bert Sr. told TMZ that his son was found inside a hotel room in Richmond, Virginia, where he was quarantining before beginning production on a film.
Despite what the death certificate says, Bert’s family told the outlet that the coroner told them he passed away from an aortic aneurysm — a bulge in the artery that carries blood from the heart through the chest and torso.
Regardless, Bert’s death certificate says he will be cremated.
In addition to starring in the hit BET show, Bert appeared on TV shows such as “Pitch,” “I’m Dying Up Here,” “American Princess,” “Superstore,” “The Mick,” “The Soul Man,” “No Names,” “The Big Show Show,” “NCIS,” “Key and Peele,” and “Justified.”
Per TMZ, Bert’s alma mater Southern Illinois University Carbondale has launched a number of scholarships in his honor.
The Bert Belasco Scholarship and Award Fund will be awarded to an incoming African American or minority student, and the Bert Belasco Theater Award will be given to a graduating student actor.
The university will also name its upcoming rehearsal/dance studio the Bert Belasco Studio in honor of their famous alumnus.
Bert will be missed.