‘The Jeffersons’ star Sherman Hemsley dead at 74

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Helmsley in 2002. (Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Sherman Hemsley has finally found his deluxe apartment in the sky. “The Jeffersons” star died at his home in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday at the age of 74. Hemsley, who won laughs as the grumpy George Jefferson on the CBS sitcom, a spin-off of “All in the Family,” for 11 season from 1975 to 1985, was discovered by his nurse, according to TMZ, and is believed to have died from natural causes.

Hemsley, who also starred as Deacon Ernest Frye in “Amen” from 1986 to 1991, had been retired from acting for some time, but did reprise his loveable character over the years alongside his onscreen wife “Weezy” (the late Isabel Sanford) for commercials for Old Navy, Gap, and Denny's.

The actor, who had no wife or children, was also a singer and released a single, "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," in 1989, and an R&B album called Dance two years later.

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