Although the cause of Hemsley’s death is unclear, TMZ reports that the actor passed away at his El Paso, Texas, home. Hemsley made a name for himself as George Jefferson, carrying the iconic sitcom for a decade and earning a 1984 Emmy nomination for his work as lead actor in a comedy series. The actor went on to appear on a handful of other classic television shows including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “The Hughleys.” He also starred as Deacon Ernest Frye on the NBC series “Amen” for several years.
Hemsley’s costar Isabel “Weezy” Sanford passed away in 2004. That dee-luxe apartment in the sky is just a few blocks from my place on the UES.