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Actor Sherman Hemsley, Star of “The Jeffersons, Dies at 74

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Sherman Hemsley, star of the popular 1980s sitcom The Jeffersons, is dead at 74.

TMZ reports the actor died in his El Paso, Texas, home of natural causes. He leaves behind no spouse or children.

Hemsley first rose to fame as a regular on All in the Family before he became a star in his own right as lead actor of its spin-off series The Jeffersons, in which he played thorny-yet-lovable dry-cleaning tycoon George Jefferson.

The El Paso Police Department has released a statement confirming that Sherman Hemsley was found dead in his home on Tuesday morning, announcing the cause of death.

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