The cause of death for Ja’Net DuBois has been revealed.
The Good Times actress, who also co-wrote the theme song for The Jeffersons, died from cardiac arrest, according to her death certificate obtained by TMZ.
The document said DuBois suffered from several health problems, including peripheral vascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and high blood pressure.
In a strange twist, the death certificate states jazz legend Cab Calloway was her biological father.
Up until now, Gordon Dubois was listed as her father in online biographies, and Lillian Gouedy was named as her mother. But the actress’ daughter says that while Dubois was Gouedy’s husband and “instrumental” in raising the actress, they were never related by blood.
Calloway died in 1994. His family expressed doubt about the paternity claim.
“While we have a great appreciation for Ja’Net DuBois’ long and successful career, the Calloway Estate has nothing to add to this single document that has numerous mistakes and no verification,” the estate told TMZ.
DuBois died on Feb. 17 at her home in Glendale, Calif at age 74.
The Emmy Award-winning actress was born Jeannette Theresa Dubois and began her showbiz career on Broadway. She later landed roles on a string of classic TV series, including Sanford and Son and Kojak, before she was cast as neighborhood gossip Willona Woods on Good Times. She won two Emmys for her voice work on the WB series The PJs.