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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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241.

Lucas     

RIP...

Time to move on up to that apartment in the sky.

716 days ago
242.

deborah drake    

God promises you three score of ten, and you made it mr. Hemsley rest on. Peace and Love

716 days ago
243.

GOLLY    

Thank you sir for the laughter.

716 days ago
244.

Imeanreally    

"I didn't know you like to get wet...man, you just smoked angel dust.. PCP. Sherman Hemsley." ...Wayne Brady.

Rest In Peace, funny man.

716 days ago
245.

Lace    

RIP, "Mr. Jefferson". I grew up watching this show and now both he and "Weezie" are gone. So sad.

716 days ago
246.

Monique Benford    

RIP Sherman your family and friends are in my prayers

716 days ago
247.

Pete Beau    

footnote: sadly, Hollywood forced Sherman to hide his identity as a loving gay man with a wondeful partner and a supportive family.
thanks for the laughs Sherman.

716 days ago
248.

Monkeyman    

Perhaps if O'Bama watched the Jefferson once he might have learned a lesson about capitalism from George Jefferson. I can just see George whining to Weezie about taxes on small businesses and O'Bama! What is wrong wit dat brother! Can't he see we try'n to make a buck down here? We does all the work and he wants it all for doin nothin!

716 days ago
249.

BigMunKnee    

They SURE AS HELL don't make 'em like they used to, THAT's for sure!! Yes,...an episode here and an episode there MIGHT have some "serious" undertones, whether it be sexual/vulgar/subjective. HOWEVER,...dammn near EVERY "comedy" of this generation consists merely & simply of FILTH!!! BREAKING NEWS HOLLYWOOD: You can STILL get a laugh from the crowd in 2010+ just as you could in the 1970's-80's, and NOT have to utilize FOUL LANGUAGE, SEXUAL UNDERTONES, ETC.!! While the actors from the GREAT shows like Three's Company, The Jeffersons, The Andy Griffith Show, and of course I Love Lucy can NEVER be "duplicated", why is it that they STILL get laughs today, 30, 40, 50,...even SIXTY years later?!?!? Because they were FUNNY yet were/are still "wholesome" enough where in MOST INSTANCES, any/all audience ages can appreciate them!! Half the crap on t.v. today I FORBID my 12 year old to watch, let alone our 8 year old!!!

R.I.P. Mr. Hemsley!! Keep makin' 'em laugh at the Funny Factory in the sky!! You're gone in body, but your spirit will live on for many generations!!

716 days ago
250.

YouDontSay    

RIP Sweetpea

716 days ago
251.

J Stuart    

Movin on Down.

716 days ago
252.

nonparieldolls    

A photo of him being wheeled out - why? Oh, that's right, just because you could. Tasteless.

716 days ago
253.

Muppet    

Losing more and more actors/actresses from the days when television was good, not all smut and foul language.
Another very fine actor/comedian that will be truly missed. Rest in peace Sherman.

716 days ago
254.

sabrinar0322    

I'm sadly to her about Sherman, he will be greatly missed.

716 days ago
255.

LiveOutLoud    

God Bless you Mr. Hemsley. You gave me a lot of joy watching your shows.

716 days ago
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