Tab Hunter, ‘Damn Yankees!’ Actor and ’50s Teen Heartthrob, Dies at 86

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Tab Hunter with Natalie Wood after she was Oscar-nominated for her supporting role in "Rebel Without a Cause." (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Tab Hunter with Natalie Wood after she was Oscar-nominated for her supporting role in "Rebel Without a Cause." (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Actor and singer Tab Hunter, whose blond all-American good looks made him a matinee idol and poster boy for Eisenhower-era optimism, has died. He was 86.

Just three days shy of his 87th birthday, the 1950s heartthrob went into cardiac arrest on Sunday after a blood clot in his leg traveled to his lung, said Allan Glaser, Hunter’s husband of 35 years, on Monday.

“He collapsed in my arms in the front lawn and I called 911 and we raced him to the hospital,” Glaser told The Times. “It was sudden and unexpected.”

Glaser said Hunter died at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

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