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Sherman Hemsley

Died from Lung Cancer

8/7/2012 4:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Sherman Hemsley -- the actor famous for playing George Jefferson on "The Jeffersons" -- died as a result of a cancerous mass on his lung ... this according to the El Paso County Texas Medical Examiner.

According to the Postmortem Report, obtained by TMZ, the primary cause of death is listed as "superior vena cava syndrome" -- a complication resulting from a mass on Sherman's lung.

According to the report, Sherman had been advised to get chemo and radiation therapy before he succumbed to his illness. It's unclear if Sherman was a smoker.

TMZ broke the story ... Sherman was found dead last month in his El Paso, TX home at the age of 74.

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16.

myopinion    

RIP Sherman... Mr. Jefferson

716 days ago
17.

manbearpig    

it was unclear if he was a smoker- uh, the dude was around for almost 3/4 of a century. if he was, i think SOMEONE would have been able to prove it before then.
non smokers get lung cancer too. even the cleanest living of folk die from lung and liver cancer.

716 days ago
18.

Phishie from Philly    

Sherman you are now in a Deluxe Apt in the sky. I was always a fan of your work! RIP

716 days ago
19.

brad    

Sad day for Sherman's family. I bet he's "movin' on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky" that God has set up for him.

716 days ago
20.

aLLy    

RIP Sir

716 days ago
21.

Betsy Thompson    

That's the best you've got? " It was unclear if he was a Smoker" ??? If he had died of AIDS would you have ended this "insightful" article by saying "It was unclear if he had unprotected sex? Do you realize that people that are living with and dying from Lung Cancer will no longer tolerate this discrimination? This author needs to educate him/herself or turn in their pencil.This is sickening "journalism".

716 days ago
22.

PBK_    

Sherman Hemsley was a life-long weed smoker, i had a friend who said he used to supply Herman with marijuana in L.A. in the 80's.

716 days ago
23.

PBK_    

here's another confirmation of Sherman Hemsley's weed smoking ways, an interview with Daevid Allen from the prog-rock band, Gong (Sherman was a huge fan of weird UK and German prog rock bands):

Then we caught the plane across to L.A. We had heard Sherman was a big star, but we didn't know the details. Coming down the corridor from the plane, I see this black guy with a whole bunch of people running after him trying to get autographs. Anyway, we get into this stretch limousine with Sherman and immediately there's a big joint being passed around. I say, 'Sorry man, I don't smoke.' Sherman says, 'You don't smoke and you're from Gong?'

this is the link: http://lindsay817.typepad.com/blog/2012/07/jeffersons-star-sherman-hemsley-allegedly-had-lsd-lab-and-recorded-album-with-yes-singer.html

715 days ago
24.

Charles    

Wait, you mean smoking can kill you? ... The SHOCK!

715 days ago
25.

Charles    

Well, he'll be movin' on DOWN.... (mooovin' on DOWN) ..... 6 feet deeeeeep. To a DEEEEE-LUX Plush COfin, in the ground....

715 days ago
26.

tim    

sherman hemsley was a big talent and will be missed

715 days ago
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