‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ actress Denise Dowse dies aged 64

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Actress Denise Dowse has died, her sister confirms in an Instagram post. She was 64.

“I would like to take this moment to thank our friends and family for all the love and prayers. It is with a very heavy heart that I inform everyone that my sister, Denise Dowse, has gone forth to help our family live forever. meet,” Tracey Dowse wrote Saturday night.

The “Beverly Hills, 90210” actress was hospitalized on Sunday and spent the week in a coma from severe meningitis. Doctors did not say when or if she would wake up, because the coma was “not medically induced.” She died less than a week later.

“Denise Yvonne Dowse was the most amazing sister, an accomplished, illustrious actress, mentor and director. She was my best friend and last family member,” the actress’s sister added in the post.

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Tracey also addressed Denise’s supporters and fans.

“Denise loved you all. I know she watches over us with all the love she has,” Dowse wrote.

Denise’s sister asked for privacy and continued to pray during this time. She will later provide information about Denise’s funeral or “her Celebration of Life,” she said.

Dowse concluded, “Once again I am so grateful for all the phone calls, texts, direct messages and silent prayers for my sister. We couldn’t have made it so graceful and painless without all the prayer warriors around the world. Thank you for giving so selflessly. “

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Ian Ziering, a co-star of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” responded to the post calling the death “insanely heartbreaking.”

“Throughout all my years working on Beverly Hills 90210, my scenes with Denise will always be remembered with the utmost respect for her talent and fondness for the loving soul she was,” he wrote. “Some of my heartiest off-camera laughs were between her and I working out the discipline Mrs. Teasley would dish out to my Steve Sanders.”

“My sincere condolences to her family and all others dear to her,” Ziering concluded.

Denise Dowse attends the 2022 Pan African Film and Arts Festival on April 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Denise Dowse attends the 2022 Pan African Film and Arts Festival on April 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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Actor Jason Kelley (“Mayor of Kingstown,” “Murder in the First”), who said Denise was his first professional director and coach, said many of the actors who influenced her life will continue to carry her legacy.

“Thank you for bravely sharing this sad news. Sorry to hear it,” Kelley wrote. “The wisdom and standard she demanded formed the foundation of my theater art. We enjoyed bragging about our Virginia roots and she encouraged me to trust my instincts. Over the years, we bumped into each other the boards (occasionally in The Cork for drinks) and most recently at The Road Theater. It felt like a reunion. She is and has been a mother queen to many and her spirit has been sown in the community.”

He added: “Her presence will be missed, but her Essence will be carried on in the artists, friends and family she has given so much of herself to.”

Actor and director Larry Powell wrote, “My first acting mentor. Well, other than that, life mentor. I love this woman so much. I send nothing but fervent love and prayers.”

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Tracey Dowse announced her sister’s hospitalization and medical condition on Sunday, August 7.

“As many of you know, I am a private person. So this is difficult for me,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “I ask for support and prayers to be offered to me and my sister, and my only immediate family @denisedowse.”

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“She is currently in hospital in a coma caused by a virulent form of meningitis. Her doctors don’t know when she will come out of the coma as it is not medically induced,” she added.

Denise Dowse is known for playing Mrs Teasley in the teen drama ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and most recently she played Dr. Rhonda Pine in HBO’s ‘Insecure’. She starred in ‘The Guardian’, ‘Coach Carter’ and more.

Stephanie Giang-Paunon of Fox News contributed to this report.

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