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Sherman Hemsley

Dead

7/24/2012 1:57 PM PDT UPDATED: 7/24/2012 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sherman Hemsley has died.
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1:58 PM PT --
Sources tell us ... Hemsley was discovered by his nurse ... who initially believed the actor was asleep. Once she realized something was wrong, she called for help.

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Sherman Hemsley
, the actor who made the character George Jefferson famous in "The Jeffersons," has died, El Paso cops tell TMZ.

Hemsley died at his home in El Paso, Texas. 

Sources tell us ... it appears Hemsley died from natural causes.

Sherman Hemsley's body being removed from his El Paso, Texas home.
Hemsley, who was 74, became famous during his appearances on "All in the Family."  The spin-off, "The Jeffersons" was a monster hit.  He also starred in the TV show, "Amen."  He was also a professional singer and even released the single in 1989, "Ain't that A Kick in the Head."



Hemsley had no wife and no kids. It's unclear how he died.

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151.

PotHeadPixie    

A great comedic actor, musician, and beloved member of the Gong Family. You Never Blow Your Trip Forever Brother!

8<;^)>

760 days ago
152.

rj    

Movin on Up, to that delux Apartment in the Sky RIP

760 days ago
153.

mzaz    

RIP George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley)

760 days ago
154.

Paulette    

RIP Sherman aka George Jefferson. Thank you for all the laughter and joy.

760 days ago
155.

Wayne    

Damn.....Progressive Rock will miss you, Sherm. Nothing, but love for you.

760 days ago
156.

arale norimaki    

"Honky" is a racial epithet. It was made popular in the 1970s by a man named George Jefferson. You see, he and his wife owned a dry-cleaning business, so they moved on up to the east side, to a deluxe apartment in the sky. They finally got a piece of the pie.

760 days ago
157.

Derek Sr    

RIP Sherman, You were a great actor & will be missed !!

760 days ago
158.

Matt Matthews    

You made me get my MMFA in theatre from HOWARD.

760 days ago
159.

palermo    

Always enjoyed him, RIP Sherman

760 days ago
160.

Scoop11    

RIP Mr.Hemsley, or as my dad called him, "the black guy from 'Amen.'"

(to explain: when the show was on, we were talking about it with my dad one time, and that was what he called him, which we thought was hysterical considering the show had an all-black cast.)

760 days ago
161.

Luke    

Yea, he's moving on down....to a 6ft hole in the ground. What, too soon?

760 days ago
162.

keisha austin    

From all in the family, to the jeffersons to amen! I enjoyed you making me laugh Mr. Hemsley. George Jefferson will live forever...crazy walk and all! RIP!

760 days ago
163.

me    

He had no wife or kids because he was gay people!!!

760 days ago
164.

Andre    

RIP Mr Sherman!! :'(

760 days ago
165.

Nia    

RIP Sherman Hemsley. You brought joy and laughter to so many! May your memory live on through your work on Earth.

760 days ago
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