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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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271.

Jane    

RIP Sherman Hensley. Thanks for the laughs!

791 days ago
272.

mary    

i loved all the cast on the jeffersons, you can watch it today and it is still one of the best shows ever. liked all the shows he was in, he just had comic timing down . thank you sherman for all the great laughs you gave us.

791 days ago
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MikieBigEyes    

Hemsley was a riot. Thoroughly enjoyed the show, his character, and his constantly rising blood pressure. One of the true icons of the 1970s.

791 days ago
274.

kim is a publicity whore    

rest in peace.

791 days ago
275.

seagullspyrobot    

I loved his show and his work. he made me laugh so many times. and especially loved his walk/strut. he brought laughter to so many people.

791 days ago
276.

Mark    

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. He was not young but for these days not old either. I wish he could have gone on in health for many more years.

I was one of the greats in TV! Loved by millions and was the black Archie Bunker but with money on TV. He was great and I am broken hearted after reading about his passing but I know he has gone on to a good place.

791 days ago
277.

David Mann    

Yes he was great. He always lit up everyone with his smile & warmth. RIP Sherman.

791 days ago
278.

Steinberg    

I wonder if they're going to sing the theme song from The Jeffersons at the funeral.

791 days ago
279.

3Storms    

Rest in peace, man. You were a good man and a great actor.

791 days ago
280.

Sandy    

He's finally movin' up to that delux apartment in the sky. RIP Sherman. Thanks for the laugh's. Tell Archie Bunker I said Hi!

791 days ago
281.

Greg    

R.I.P. Sherman Hemsley

791 days ago
282.

James Allen    

God has a dance he put in you so ,now that your with him do the dance r.i.p.we will miss you on the big screan

791 days ago
283.

Dorothy    

My prayers go out to the Hensley family.He was a great actor .He will be missed

791 days ago
284.

@nelsonaduran    

My deepest sympathy. He always made laugh. Good performer. RIP.

791 days ago
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lisa    

sorry for your lost you guys are in my pray.

791 days ago
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