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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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301.

pwilkers2012    

RIP Sherman. Pwilkers2012

727 days ago
302.

Joe Lucido    

He was on funny guy, I loved George Jefferson, Mr. Hemsley was a perfect fit for that role. He never failed to deliver the goods. Rest in peace Mr. Hemsley I just wished he was in more comedy's. He made the world laugh, and God knows we all could use more of that.

727 days ago
303.

SABoy    

RIP Sherman...through simple, non-politicized entertainment, "George Jefferson", "Weezy" "Tom" and "Marilyn?" did more to improve race relations in our country than the current divider-in-chief Obama could ever hope to achieve.

727 days ago
304.

kim    

REST IN PEACE SHERMAN... HE WAS A BLAST, SOOOO FUNNY A WAY TO ESCAPE WHEN I WAS A KID.... GEORGE JEFFERSON YOU WILL BE MISSED....

727 days ago
305.

Sylk Blak    

Addicted to TMZ!!!

727 days ago
306.

SHANIQUIE CLARKE    

R.I.P MR.HEMSLEY . WE ALL MISS YOU

727 days ago
307.

Wowda Melms    

Let's see: ****ney was a singin' boon, Sherman was a showbiz ******. Two down - can we get another overpaid ****** "afflete" to take its dirt nap next?

727 days ago
308.

Michele    

74 is too young to die these days. Too bad he had no kids. He will still be with us via Re-runs of Archie, The Jeffersons, & Amen-etc.. 'Weezie' died a few years ago also.

727 days ago
309.

Leo    

No Deluxe apartment for you, you're going to tha Supreme apartment in the sky. R.I.P.

727 days ago
310.

Martha     

Today is a sad day....

727 days ago
311.

Sincerity    

Sherman Hemsley made me laugh out loud more times than I can count. He was a "natural" comedian with a very serious edginess. I ABSOLUTELY "LOVED" HIS PERFORMANCES!!! ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS!!! REST IN PEACE, SHERMAN!!!

727 days ago
312.

Jon Shaft    

RIP

Sherman Hemsley enriched the lives of many, he left us a throve of good shows we can atleast enjoy as we remember him and the other cast.

727 days ago
313.

Trina    

Sherman is moving on up to Heaven.He finally got a piece of the sky. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. R.I.P. Sherman. :^(

727 days ago
314.

Trina    

Sherman is moving on up to Heaven.He finally has a piece off the Sky. R.I.P. Sherman. Thanks for sharing your talent.

727 days ago
315.

Teresa Sawyer    

You brought laughter and joy to everyone who had the pleasure of watching you! RIP, we love you, George Jefferson!

727 days ago
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