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'Different World' Star

Dead at 77

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

Dam i loved that dude and I am a lilly white toe head rip Sir

573 days ago
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Most H8d     

I miss good ol tv now all we have to watch is this scripted reality bull crap. RIP dude

573 days ago
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spectator72    

R.I.P Lou

573 days ago
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Phreaky    

Aww I remember him, loved him on that show.
RIP

573 days ago
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Lisa    

I loved him in fighting temptation he will be missed rip

573 days ago
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@iAMTIMWILSON    

R.I.P. Mr. Gaines

573 days ago
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Mrugowsky    

:-(

573 days ago
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Jay W.     

Born Sept. 26, 1935 would make him 77... not 76. Simple math TMZ. Anyhow, RIP Lou.

573 days ago
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Mike    

He's in a "different world" now.

573 days ago
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Bboy    

i still watch that show sometimes r.i.p.

573 days ago
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DeeMaree    

Sympathy to his mother, 95!, and the rest of his family. Peace. God bless.

573 days ago
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john johnson    

r.i.p. mr.gains i guess kim will have to take over" the pit".

573 days ago
13.

Chris    

A tallented and funny man. He will be missed

573 days ago
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Keedee    

R.I.P.

573 days ago
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diamond2014    

R.I.p. mr.gains I watch different world everyday you'll be truly missed.

573 days ago
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