Sex symbol Raquel Welch’s cause of death revealed

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Former sex symbol Raquel Welch went into cardiac arrest when she died in February, it has been revealed.

The two-time Golden Globe nominee was also battling Alzheimer’s at the time of her death, according to Welch’s death certificate, obtained by TMZ.

Welch was pronounced dead at 2:25 a.m. on Feb. 15, and she has since been cremated, the outlet reported.

The renowned actress and model, who was 82, had never previously disclosed her Alzheimer’s diagnosis to the public.

Page Six has reached out to Welch’s estate for comment.

Welch was propelled to global stardom after landing iconic roles in the hit 1966 films “Fantastic Voyage” and “One Million Years B.C.”

In the latter, she appeared in a skimpy deerskin bikini that earned her a sex symbol status, which she maintained throughout her glittering career.

Years later, Welch said she “almost died” filming the movie after having to wear the skimpy outfit in severe weather conditions, which prompted her to develop a severe case of tonsillitis.

“I had already so much penicillin when I was wearing the fur bikini that I almost died,” she told Fox News in 2017. “I had to rush, turn my car around and head right back to the doctor’s office, just run upstairs, jump in the elevator and all that.”

“And I barely got there. They had to shoot me with an antidote. Otherwise, I would have died. It was really rough shoot, man. Really rough. And then I came to London and everybody knew who I was,” she added.

Welch’s on-screen career saw her bag a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for her role in 1974’s “The Three Musketeers” as Constance de Bonacieux.

In addition to her acting success, Welch was named one of the “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History” by Empire magazine in 1995.

Her sex symbol status also ranked her in 3rd in Playboy’s “100 Sexiest Stars of the 20th Century.”

The “Legally Blonde” actress, who was reclusive in her final years, had a turbulent love life that saw her tie the knot four times.

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She was married to her high school sweetheart James Welch, with whom she shared two children, from 1959 to 1964.

She went on to marry Patrick Curtis in 1967 before their divorce in 1972, and tied the knot with André Weinfeld in 1980 before parting ways a decade later.

She married Richard Palmer in 1999, but the couple called it quits in 2004.

Welch’s last sighting before her death was back in July 2022, when she was seen treating herself to a manicure in Beverly Hills.

She wore a casual white top and black pants for the outing. She wore similar garb during an outing in September 2021, which was the first time she had been seen in more than two years.

Welch is survived by her son, Damon, 63, and her daughter, Tahnee, 61.

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