July 23, 2013 1:43 PM
"Law & Order" star Dennis Farina was suffering from cancer when he died ... this according to the 911 call placed just days before his death. During the call a woman in Farina's home said the actor needed oxygen, and describes him as a "cancer patient" who is having an extremely hard time breathing. Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on "Law & Order," has died.Farina died in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung, according to his publicist, Lori De Waal. He was 69. Hollywood is mourning the death of legendary TV and film actor Dennis Farina, who died at the age of 69. His rep said in a statement that he was "always warm-hearted and professional, with a great sense of humor and passion for his profession."