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James Dietz - cause of death?

Posted by G1287 - Friday, January 22nd, 2010

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This actor, who appeared in "Who's That Girl?" and "Hot Resort" as well as the Weather Girls video "It's Raining Men" died at the age of 27. Does anyone know what caused his death at such a young age?

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Posted by G1348 - Monday, February 01st, 2010

I am wondering the same thing, I can't find anything anywhere on the net.

Posted by G2313 - Tuesday, August 17th, 2010


I was wondering the same thing. Although Who's That Girl is a very dumb movie, I still get a kick out of it. I guess it's what one might call a "guilty pleasure". At any rate, I am sure that James Dietz could have had a great career in movies. I would love to know how he died so young.

Posted by G1361 - Saturday, February 06th, 2010

James Dietz - cause of death?

I won't rest until I find out more. I create articles about people born in 1960. Apparently he died not long after his second movie.

Posted by G4477 - Sunday, April 17th, 2016

James Dietz ause of death

James died from a medical condition called Wolfe Parkinson White syndrome or WPS. It isn't a very well known condition but also isn't so rare no one has ever heard of it. It is easily found on research sites. No one other than his immediate family knew he had this condition. At the time, treatment was very invasive and did not guarantee to remedy the irregular cardiac condition. Opting to forgo open heart surgery with up to a year of recovery, he felt he could somewhat control the episodes- a feat literally and obviously impossible. His youthful and unique confidence cost him his life and untold heartache to those closest to him. Out of respect for his family and loved ones, I hope this is sufficient to answer the question as to his cause of death and end unnecessary and unkind speculation. He will always be the most beautiful person inside and out I will ever have the honor and indescribable blessing to know and love. May his memory be eternal.

Posted by G4682 - Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

place of burial

Do you know where James was buried?
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Posted by G1364 - Saturday, February 06th, 2010

James Dietz - cause of death?

Here's what we have :
According to IMDb:
Date of Birth
22 February 1960, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death
22 April 1987, Los Angeles, California, USA
An actor in two movies:
1. Who's That Girl (1987) .... Buck
2. Hot Resort (1985) .... Peter
Who's That Girl was released in the USA on 7 August 1987
(about 4 months after his death)
According to Guest #2100
Was in the Weather Girls video "It's Raining Men"
According to Wikipedia:
"It's Raining Men" was Released September 10, 1982.
According to The Social Security Death Index:
There is no record of a James Dietz (or variant name) being born in 1960 and dying in 1987.
It's Raining men video is here:

Posted by G2130 - Thursday, July 01st, 2010

I think about Big Jimmy Dietz often. He worked out with me at Iron Masters gym in Brooklyn back in the early 80's. I was only 15 back then, but Jimmy was quite impressive. He was around 6'4" and his physique reminded me of Arnold's; especially his arms. Huge arms with garden hose cephalic veins. Amazing! I heard from the guys in the gym that he died from a congenital heart defect; essentially he had a heart attack. What a waste of talent. Very sad. He was always supportive and genuinely nice to me and all of the guys in the gym. He is missed.

Dr. Bob Esposito

Posted by G2211 - Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

.hi bob e. Friend of James dietz

This is girlfriend when we were all at iron masters. At the time I was modeling for ford, this is sandy. How are you? I think about those days often and with great affection. I hope you are well, and that life has been kind.

Posted by G2741 - Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

I also used to work out at Iron Masters..the best gym ever..Jimmy & I used to to play paddle ball on shore road..He was a cool guy

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Posted by G2632 - Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

hi thats my uncle

thats my uncle do u have a facebook ??

Posted by G2760 - Sunday, January 30th, 2011

yes but who r u???

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Posted by Spinlvr - Tuesday, October 04th, 2011

Dr. Bob was right. Jimmy died way too young in his prime of a heart attack. What a shame. I followed my HS sweethart's career from HS to Hollywood. He enjoyed his shot at fame and all the glamour that went along with it. Jim had a way of lighting up the room with his smile and charm. He was one of a kind and is missed.

Posted by G3559 - Friday, August 03rd, 2012

I too remember Jimmy Dietz from Iron Masters in the early to the mid 80's. Real nice guy. His brother (whose name I can't remember) also trained there as well. I heard from a guy that worked @ Iron Masters Gym whose name was Eddie Pace said that he passed from a drug over dose at some party in the Hollywood Hills. How true it is , I don't know. I also remember the owners of the gym Kenny Thompson & John Cordero saying the same thing. When I heard the news I just couldn't believe it. He had so much potential. Who knows how far his career could've gone in Hollywood. He certainly could have competed in the Mr. Olympia contest.

Posted by G4683 - Wednesday, April 19th, 2017


Is iron masters still around? Couldn't find any info on it. Where was it located and why did it shut down?

Posted by G3848 - Monday, September 09th, 2013


I went to Fort Hamilton HS with Jimmy back in the mid 70's when he was a tall skinny kid in gym class with Mr. Kenneth Kern & I knew him well. I also worked out at Iron Masters gym in Bay Ridge Brooklyn with him in the 80's & as the years went by we lost touch with each other. Then many years later I was told that he was on steroids & some weird diet that cause him heart failure in a hotel in Hollywood. Very Sad, he would be 53 years old today.

Posted by G3859 - Monday, October 14th, 2013

James Dietz passed from Wolff Parkinson White syndrome.

Posted by G4468 - Tuesday, March 29th, 2016


I met Jim back in 1980 through a friend , Oh man was I impressednot only a big ass dude but very good looking as well, though I knew him we hung out a couple of times even though I saw him a lot he was living in Brooklyn at the time, I introduced him to my cousin who he took an immediate liking to, I remember like it was yesterday back in 1985 we all went out to dinner & than a horrible movie on 42st Jimmy was head over heals for her she was completely over whelmed by his presence I remember going back to his apartment & hearing her cry in the other room she wanted to go home Jim was a such a gentlemen anyone who really knew him knew that his license plate said the same thing hahahha, so he drove us all back to LI, she told me he kept calling her non stop he really fell for her I wish she could say the same thing, it wasn't his looks it was his presence he was totally over whelming for her.

Posted by G4490 - Friday, May 06th, 2016

Cool guy

I knew Jim fairly well he sort of dated my cousin back in 83, I told him that I have a good looking cousin so I setup a dinner date at a restaurant called the wicked wolf a regular spot that Jim use to eat atshe was freaked out by the size of him & very intimidated him on the other hand fell for her big time it was a weird night after we ate we went to a movie on Broadway my cousin started getting sick because of all the white Russians she drank so we left & went back to Jims apartment in Brooklyn, if Jim thought he was getting in her pants he was sorely mistaken she started to cry Jim later told me, any way morning had come & Jim drove us back to Long Island, he fell for her head over heels because of her innocence he kept calling her but she was afraid so she kept telling her mother she wasn't finally Jim had enough, do you guys remember the Lincoln with the suicide doors that Jim had & who can forget his license plate that said GentleMenJim,

Posted by G4681 - Wednesday, April 19th, 2017


Hey what is your name? I may know you...are you on facebook?
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