Death of Desi Arnaz
On December 2, 1986, actor Desi Arnaz died at age 69 in Del Mar, California, due to lung cancer, which was diagnosed with the disease in the same year. Arnaz smoked regularly for much of his life and he often smoked cigarettes during the set of I Love Lucy. He used to smoke Cuban cigarettes until he was in his sixties. His tragic death came five days before Lucille Ball received the Kennedy Center Honors. Arnaz was cremated and his ashes scattered.
Arnaz was very known for his involvement in the series I Love Lucy, who played in the role of Ricky Ricardo, husband of Lucy Ricardo, played by his wife in real life, Lucille Ball. They were married between 1940 and 1960, when they divorced that year. Together they had two children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr.
May he rest in peace. We miss you very much, Desi.