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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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61.

Vana    

RIP Sherman. Thanks for the laughs!

768 days ago
62.

just my opinion    

RIP...damn im getting old. he was comedic gold.

768 days ago
63.

jp    

To a deluxe apartment in the sky...

768 days ago
64.

FRANK    

I worked and knew Sherman. What a great man he was, utterly comfortable with himself he never needed to "come out of the closet". We all knew he was gay and he showed the rest of us that it was ok to be who you are. I'll miss ya Sherman.

768 days ago
65.

BigDaddyJ    

Rest In Peace George! You Will Always Be Rembered and Never Forgotten!!

768 days ago
66.

MsBerry65    

Loved him in The Jeffersons. We're losing all the truly GREAT actors. May he rest in peace.

768 days ago
67.

myopinion    

RIP Sherman Hemsley...you will be missed but not forgotten the Jefferson is still running everyday.

768 days ago
68.

IceGypsy    

Sorry to hear that. Thanks for all the great laughs, RIP and say hello to Weezy

768 days ago
69.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

R.I.P. Mr. Hemsley aka George Jefferson/Deacon Fry. Thanks for the laughs.

768 days ago
70.

Frank    

Sherman, R.I.P. AMEN

768 days ago
71.

Honeys Booboo    

And he's the only one who can fix Mr. Bentley's back.

768 days ago
72.

melanie    

awwwww loved him on" all in the family" and jeffersons hes with weezie now :O) rip

768 days ago
73.

AgentBlonde    

"Lionel, have you been smoking that stuff with the merrymen again?" from the episode where King George did battle with inflation ... RIP, Mr. Jefferson.

768 days ago
74.

no shit..    

wow your title is....blunt tmz.. DEAD...couldn't of said has passed away... RIP Sherman...

768 days ago
75.

Vinny    

RIP. He moved on up to a delux apt in the sky!

768 days ago
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