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'Different World' Star

Dead at 77

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

"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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419 days ago


Cool guy. Rest in peace. Prayers to his family.

419 days ago



419 days ago


I attended undergrad school with him, in West Virginia. Lou lived his he majored in drama while at the institution.

Rest in Peace. You were loved by many. I'll miss you.

419 days ago

debra brown    

R.I.P mr gaines you are the man I Don"t think i can watch the show without you. you got you wings now you can fly any where you want to

419 days ago

debra brown    

R.I.Pmr gaines you got your wings now you can fly

419 days ago

deborah brown    

R.I.P mr gaines you will be missed I can"t watch the show without you you were the lif of the show you have you wings you are free now

419 days ago


One of the best black shows EVER (save for The Cosby Show). Dam, I miss both of those shows! RIP Mr. Gaines!!

419 days ago


So Sad Loved him on Differnt world!

419 days ago


Awwwwww....RIP and deepest condolences to his family and friends.

417 days ago

Janice Elgin    

Soo sad I loved him in everyhting he played in espeacilly Different World he would always have something to say about Whitney and Dwayne lol you will be greatly missed<3

415 days ago


I had the pleasure of meeting him years ago, while on your....he was really nice and made me feel like family...I loved his smiles....Rest In Peace

405 days ago

Richard McCombs     

He was a Blessed man God kept his promise he gave this man a talent and he shared it with the world...77 yrs on earth wow...Thank-you for Blessing us with you're Love and kindness may the good Lord above continue to keep you and hold you forever long friend farewell brother R.I.p.

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