Denise Dowse, an actress known for roles in “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Insecure” among multiple other film and television credits, has passed away. She was 64 years old.
Her sister Tracey shared the news on Instagram, writing: “It is with a very heavy heart that I inform everyone that my sister, Denise Dowse, has moved forward to meet our family in eternal life. Denise Yvonne Dowse was the most amazing sister, an accomplished, illustrious actress, mentor and director. She was my best friend and last family member.”
Dowse had recently fallen into a coma from a virulent form of meningitis. Her sister first shared news about Dowse’s health on her Facebook on August 5.
“I try to keep up the spirit and support those who need it. As many of you know, I am a private individual. So this is hard for me. I ask for support and prayers for me and my sister, and my only immediate family Denise Dowse,” wrote Trace Dowse. “Her doctors don’t know when she will come out of the coma because it’s not medically induced. She is a vibrant actor and director who should have many years ahead of her. Thoughts, prayers and support are much appreciated.”
Dowse’s film career dates back to the 1980s. She is known for her recent role in ‘Insecure’ as therapist, Dr. Rhonda Pine. She also had a recurring role on “Beverly Hills, 90210” as Vice Director Yvonne Teasley and appeared in 24 episodes of the Fox series.
Born on February 21, 1958 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dowse graduated from Norfolk State University before embarking on her acting career. Her first credit came in 1989 with an appearance in one episode in the series “Almost There!”
Dowse’s prominent film credits include roles in “Bio-Dome,” “Starship Troopers,” “A Civil Action,” “Ray,” “Coach Carter,” and “The Call.” She has also been a regular guest star on television series for the past thirty years, with appearances in “Seinfield,” “Full House,” “Murphy Brown,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Chicago Hope,” ” ER’, ‘The West Wing’, ‘House’ and ‘Castle’.
She is survived by her sister Tracey.