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'Different World' Star

Dead at 77

2/20/2013 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"A Different World" Star Lou Myers -- famous for playing Mr. Vernon Gaines on the 80s show -- has died, TMZ has learned.

The President of Lou's non-profit tells TMZ, Lou passed away last night in West Virginia at the Charleston Medical Center following a heart-related emergency.

Lou was hospitalized in December for pneumonia but released after New Year's. He collapsed at home a few weeks later and was hospitalized again.

Lou's heart stopped yesterday. Doctors were able to revive him, but he fell into a coma and passed just hours later. He was 77.

And yes, his Wikipedia and IMDb pages are incorrect. We're told he lied about his age. According to official records, Lou's birthday was September 26, 1935. As one source put it, "You know how actors are."

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the official cause of death.

We're told Lou -- who served in the Army -- will receive a military burial in West Virginia. He is survived by his son and his 95-year-old mother.

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Vernita    

RIP Mr. Gaines.

423 days ago
32.

palermo    

I always liked him. Rest in peace ...

423 days ago
33.

Just_Me    

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

423 days ago
34.

Kiki    

RIP Mr. Gaines!

423 days ago
35.

bright eyez    

R.i.p

423 days ago
36.

whocares    

I loved him!! RIP!!

423 days ago
37.

Jsmiley    

RIP Sir i remember Lou & Sinbad lol

423 days ago
38.

Toallthehatersoftheworld    

Awwwwww may he rest in peace

423 days ago
39.

Latasha    

I love him so sad

423 days ago
40.

Maggie    

I miss 80's shows :(

423 days ago
41.

Sjango    

Conddolences. i loved that show

423 days ago
42.

CriticXtreme    

R.I.P~!

423 days ago
43.

Nonsense    

Can't say that I remember but condolences to his family. I'm sure he will be missed.

423 days ago
44.

Macy12    

RIP ! I loved him and his show. I still watch it every day at 5

423 days ago
45.

croc    

looks like a peeled grape to me.
rip anyway nice guy.

423 days ago
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