Larry Cohen Dies: Creator Of ‘Branded,’ ‘The Invaders’ And Horror Classic ‘It’s Alive’ Was 77

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Larry Cohen, whose cult classic horror film It’s Alive spawned two sequels and remains a fan favorite, has died. He was 77 and passed Saturday night in Los Angeles, with his death announced on his official Facebook page.
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Larry Cohen, Writer-Director of Cult Horror Films ‘It’s Alive’ and ‘The Stuff,’ Dies at 77

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Writer-director Larry Cohen, the man behind cult horror film classics like “It’s Alive,” “It Lives Again,” “Special Effects,” “The Stuff” and “A Return to Salem’s Lot,” has died. He was 77.

The announcement was made on his Facebook page: “The entire #KingCohen team mourns the loss of its star, hero and King, #LarryCohen . His unparalleled talents were surpassed only by his giant heart. The impact he made on television and cinema will be felt forever, and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.”

Cohen’s career in television and film began as a writer on procedural crime shows of the ’60s and ’70s, like “The Fugitive,” “The Invaders,” “Columbo” and “The Defenders,” along with the latter’s spinoff, “Coronet Blue,” which he created.

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In 1974, he wrote and directed the horror film “It’s Alive” about a mutant and murderous baby monster. The film became a cult hit and spawned two sequels, “It’s Alive II: It Lives Again”and “It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive.” He went on to write, direct and/or produce several low-budget horror films, including “Q: The Winged Serpent,” “The Stuff,” “A Return to Salem’s Lot,” “God Told Me To” and “Wicked Stepmother” with Bette Davis.

Cohen briefly returned to directing for an episode of “Masters of Horror,” but continued with his writing of such films as “Phone Booth” starring Colin Farrell and Katie Holmes, and “Cellular” starring Chris Evans and Kim Basinger. He also served as producer on the John Candy comedy “Delirious.”

Cohen is survived by five children — Pam, Victoria Jill, Melissa, Bobby and Louis — and his second wife, psychotherapist Cynthia Costas Cohen, all of whom have appeared in his films.

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Richard Erdman, Best Known as Leonard Rodriguez on ‘Community,’ Dies at 93

Richard Erdman, Best Known as Leonard Rodriguez on ‘Community,’ Dies at 93

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Richard Erdman, known among classic film buffs for the war dramedy “Stalag 17” but remembered by millennials for his work on “Community” as Greendale’s smart-alecky Leonard Rodriguez, died Saturday. He was 93.

Film historian Alan K. Rode broke the news on Twitter Saturday, stating simply, “Goodbye pal. Dick Erdman 1925-2019.” No additional information on his passing were given.

Erdman won over a new generation with his debut in “Community”‘s fifth episode “Advanced Criminal Law.” During one of his custom end-of-episode speeches, Joel McHale’s Jeff Winger declared that everyone at Greendale was nuts, to which Leonard yelled from the school’s swimming pool, “Not me!”

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“Oh, come on, Leonard. If you’re gonna argue with me, put on a bathing suit,” said Jeff, to which Leonard only replied “Busted!”

Over the course of the series, Erdman’s performance as Leonard became one of “Community”‘s most beloved gags. He would interrupt a scene with a sarcastic swipe at the main characters, to which one of them — usually Jeff — would shoot him down. Sample line: “Shut up, Leonard! Those teenage girls you play ping-pong with are doing it ironically!”

“Community” cast members have joined with fans in honoring the late actor’s legacy. McHale praised Erdman as “such a good & funny man,” while Ken Jeong posted a highlight reel of some of Leonard’s funniest moments. Check out that reel and more tweets honoring Richard Erdman below.

— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) March 17, 2019

Ugh, awful. I just looked at his IMDb 2 days ago and was reminded about what a legend he was. Sweet, funny and game for anything. Plus great Brando stories. What more was there even left to do? RIP to legend & friend Richard Erdman. #shutupleonard

— Charley Koontz (@charley_koontz) March 17, 2019

Thank you Leonard #Community #SixSeasonsandaMovie

— Blayz (@jusblayz_) March 17, 2019

I guess Leonard did finally shut up ????

R.I.P Richard Erdman#community #greendale #sixseasonsandamovie #shutupLeonard

— Goose is my Spirit Animal (@goatboyuk) March 17, 2019

A proud moment in the history of the AV Club’s Community comments section: this photo of Richard Erdman holding up a copy of @tvoti‘s 2012 article on the “Regional Holiday Music” recap hitting 30,000 comments.

R.I.P. Leonard.

— Greendale AV Club (@AVClubCZ) March 17, 2019

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Jim Raman, Former ‘Amazing Race’ Contestant, Dies at 42

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Dr. James “Jim” Raman, an orthodontist who competed on Season 25 contestant of CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” has died. He was 42.

Raman — who competed with his wife, Misti, on the reality show in 2014 — died in South Carolina on Monday, according to an obituary posted on the Caughman-Harman Funeral Home website.

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Adam Myrick gave TheWrap this statement regarding Raman’s death on Friday: “Deputies started a death investigation after responding to a Lakefront Court home about 4:30 Tuesday morning. No one has been arrested or detained in connection with this investigation. We aren’t seeking any suspects or persons of interest as our work on the case continues.”

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No cause of death is currently available.

Per Raman’s obit, their time competing on “The Amazing Race” was what spurred Jim and Misti to open a free dental clinic in the Philippines: “It was that life changing experience, witnessing deprivation and abject poverty in the Philippines, where God called their hearts to return and initiate a free dental clinic to the most impoverished areas in Manila.”

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Along with his wife, Raman leaves behind two children: his daughter, Alexis, and his son, James.

Representatives for CBS did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Raman’s death.

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Kelly Catlin, US Olympic Silver Medalist in Cycling, Dies at 23

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U.S. track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the women’s pursuit team, has died. She was 23.

Catlin’s father, Mark, told cycling magazine VeloNews Sunday that she died by suicide Friday night.

“There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived,” Catlin wrote in a letter to VeloNews. “There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.”

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“The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss,” USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini said in a statement. “We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s teammates, coaches and staff. We also encourage all those who knew Kelly to support each other through the grieving.”

Born and raised outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the youngest of triplets, Catlin also raced on the road for Rally UHC Pro Cycling Team and was pursuing a graduate degree in computational mathematics at Stanford University.

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Jed Allan, ‘Days of Our Lives’ and ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Actor, Dies at 84

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Soap opera veteran Jed Allan, best known for playing Don Craig on “Days of Our Lives,” C.C. Capwell on “Santa Barbara” and Rush Sanders on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died Saturday. He was 84.

“So sorry to post the very sad news of my fathers [sic] passing tonight,” Allan’s son Rick posted on Facebook Saturday night. “He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others. Thank you for all who are part of this wonderful tribute to my dad on Facebook.”

Allan’s connection to the daytime drama genre began in the ’60s on the long-gone soaps “Love of Life” and “Secret Storm.” But it wasn’t until he joined “Days of Our Lives” in 1971 as attorney Don Craig and was romantically teamed up with Deidre Hall’s Dr. Marlena Evans that he became a daytime superstar. He remained on the show for 14 years, during which time he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor.

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In 1986, he joined the NBC show “Santa Barbara” as patriarch of the Capwell family, playing Robin Wright’s father, where he remained until 1993. Although he had numerous guest appearances on primetime shows up to that point, Allan endeared himself to a whole new audience when in 1994 he was cast in the recurring role of Rush Sanders, father of Ian Ziering’s character, Steve.

Allan stepped into the role of Edward Quartermaine on “General Hospital” for two years beginning in 2004 to fill in for an ailing John Ingle. Among his many other roles, Allan also appeared on “CSI: Miami,” “Six Feet Under,” “CHiPs” and “The Streets of San Francisco.”

Allan is survived by his sons Mitch, Dean and Rick.

Here are a few of Allan’s co-stars paying their respects on social media:

Goodbye for now to one of a kind, #JedAllen. His heart was as big as his fabulous swagger. Lots of laughs shared with him on #SantaBarbara & best of all my Kate was made in his stunning beach house that he let me rent for cheap the summer of 1997. I won’t ever forget that or him.

— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) March 10, 2019

“His gift was a formidable blend of professionalism and inspiration — a perennial rock in his preparation and a force of nature once the cameras rolled. He was also generous and kind and funny and fierce, and God knows he was beloved by those lucky enough to share a stage with him. I count it one of the great blessings of my career that I got to be one of those, and one of the great blessings of my life that I got to be his friend.” — A Martinez

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Marshall Brodien, Who Played Wizzo the Wizard on ‘The Bozo Show,’ Dies at 84

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Marshall Brodien, the Emmy-winning performer who played Wizzo the Wizard on Chicago’s “The Bozo Show,” has died at age 84, his former TV station WGN reported Friday.

He had been battling Alzheimer’s disease since a diagnosis in 2007.

Brodien became a fixture on Chicago-area children’s TV for his work on “The Bozo Show,” which aired for more than 40 years until ending its long run in 2001.

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Wizzo became popular on the show for the catchphrase “Doody, doody, do.”

In addition to an Emmy Award, Brodien also received the Chicago TV Academy’s Silver Circle Hall of Fame.

According to WGN, he is survived by his wife, Mary, six children and stepchildren, and 14 grand and great-grandchildren.

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King Kong Bundy, WWE Legend, Dies at 61

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Wrestling legend King Kong Bundy, real name Christopher Alan Pallies, has died. He was 61.

“WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Legend King Kong Bundy has passed away,” WWE said in a statement. “WWE extends its condolences to Bundy’s family, friends and fans.” The cause of death is not yet known.

The New Jersey native, who stood at 6-foot-4 and weighed in at 458 pounds, had a dominant wrestling career, and chalked up a record-fast win versus S.D. “Special Delivery” Jones at the very first WrestleMania. Bundy main-evented WrestleMania 2, losing to Hulk Hogan in a steel cage match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

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In addition to pro-wrestling, Pallies played two different roles on TV’s “Married With Children” — first as Peggy’s brother and then as his wrestling character — and appeared in Richard Pryor’s “Moving.” He also had a guest spot on “Boy Meets World” and did an episode of “Weird Science” as himself. Pallies also tried his hand at stand-up comedy.

Bundy’s wrestling name was a combination of the monster King Kong and serial killer Ted Bundy. Also of note, the Bundys in “Married With Children” were named after Pallies’ dominant WWE (then WWF) character.

King Kong Bundy left the WWF in the late 1980s, returning in 1994 as part of Ted DiBiase’s stable, The Million Dollar Corporation. He was released by Vince McMahon’s company about a year later, and went on to work for years on the independent wrestling circuit.

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Luke Perry Was Way Too Cool for Me, But He Still Loaned Me His Jean Jacket (Guest Blog)

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A little over 25 years ago, I spent some time with Luke Perry for a cover story in a now-defunct magazine. This was back in the days of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” when he was getting mobbed everywhere and had to be snuck out of mall appearances in a laundry hamper.

I remember sitting in my room at the Sunset Marquis while I waited for Luke to show up for the first interview and worrying that he wasn’t the kind of guy who would like me — i.e., I was a shy nerd and he had those sideburns and also a pot-bellied pig for a pet.

I was surprised to find how real and funny he was, how skeptical he was of his sudden fame, how he thought the whole laundry-hamper thing had probably been staged without his knowing.

He thought about taking me to a strip club for the first interview, but decided against it, telling me that I’d just end up writing something like, “Luke knew all the dancers and called out to them by name as we entered the club.”

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Instead, he took me to a shooting range. It was cold so he lent me a jean jacket. I almost hit the first skeet and Luke was so excited for me. When it became clear that it’d just been a lucky accident and that I had no idea WTF I was doing, he was cool about it, though obviously a little bummed that I sucked.

When he was driving on the freeway in L.A., he pulled close to a woman in another car and asked if he could borrow her sunglasses. She handed them to him happily. I pointed out that she’d obviously recognized him. This hurt him a little. He didn’t want to believe it. He wanted to believe it was a just a cool, serendipitous human interaction. I said, “OK, then I’m gonna ask someone else for her sunglasses and we’re gonna see how that goes.” Luke loved this idea and immediately started looking for a woman in another car. I chickened out because I’m somebody who chickens out. He was cool about it, though (again) obviously a little bummed that I sucked.

When he was taking me back to the hotel after a long day, he told me about how he wanted to make a movie about a famous bull rider named Lane Frost. I was sleepy from the drive and said, “What is about bull-fighting that interests you?” And he was, like, “Not bull-fighting, man! Bull-riding!” I felt like an idiot. He really cared about the project — which became the 1994 movie “8 Seconds” — and had been dying to do something real, something beyond “Beverly Hills, 90210.”

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Lastly, I remember that I forgot to give him his jean jacket back, so as he drove away, I chased his SUV down North Alta Loma Blvd. in the dark shouting, “Luke! Luke!” He didn’t hear me. I went into the Sunset Marquis and asked the guy at the desk if I could leave something for someone to pick up. He gave me a brown paper bag. I put the jean jacket in it and wrote LUKE PERRY on it with magic marker. I gave it to the guy, who looked at me like I was nuts, but whatever. I liked Luke and didn’t want him to think I’d stolen his coat.

Anyway, I’m remembering Luke Perry today because it’s so, so sad and messed up that he has passed away. He seemed like a tremendously good guy. Even in the midst of absolutely crazy, indecipherable fame, he was open and honest and didn’t give me any crap about being a shy nerd. I should also say that he gave the woman on the freeway her sunglasses back. He didn’t want anything (not even fame) for free.

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Keith Flint, Lead Singer of The Prodigy, Dies at 49

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Keith Flint, the lead singer of the pioneering 1990s British electronica band The Prodigy, has been found dead on Monday in his U.K. home, the BBC reported. He was 49.

Police in Dunmow, Essex, said they were “called to concerns for the welfare of a man” but that he was”pronounced dead at the scene.” Cause of death is awaiting a coroner’s report but the police statement noted, “The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

The band had just completed an Australian tour on its new album, “No Tourists,” and was due to launch a U.S. tour in May.

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Flint, who initially joined The Prodigy as a dancer, became the band’s lead singer and performed on No. 1 singles such as “Firestarter” and “Breathe.”

With his spiky shock of hair and eyeliner-enhanced stare, he became a dynamic frontman of the group.

The deliberately in-your-face black-and-white video for the 1996 hit “Firestarter” — which focused on a headbanging Flint singing “I’m the bitch you hated / filth infatuated” — was banned by the BBC after parental complaints, according to The Guardian.

Tributes to Flint soon flooded the internet.

“RIP Keith. Burn bright up there,” wrote Paul Arthurs, the guitarist and founding member of Oasis.

Devastated to hear Keith Flint has passed away. The greatest front man to a band that has inspired me for as long as I can remember. A fire starter that will be missed forever. His legend will live on. ???????????? RIP

— Wilkinson (@WilkinsonUK) March 4, 2019

RIP Keith. Burn bright up there. X

— Paul Arthurs. (@BoneheadsPage) March 4, 2019

Oh gosh, so sad to hear about Keith Flint, he was always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom and I when we first started doing shows together..great man.

— ed simons (@eddychemical) March 4, 2019

RIP Keith Flint. Very sad to hear the news that he’s passed away. I wouldn’t do what I do without him and The Prodigy in my life. A huge inspiration to me and many others ????

— Friction (@friction) March 4, 2019

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Andrew Berends, Cameraman on Oscar-Winning ‘Free Solo,’ Dies at 46

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“Free Solo” cameraman and documentary filmmaker Andrew Berends has died. He was 46.

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, co-director of the Oscar-winning film, posted a tribute to her “wonderful friend” on Instagram Sunday.

“We have lost a wonderful friend and an important filmmaker,” wrote Vasarhelyi, whom he collaborated with on several films, including, “Incorruptible,” “Little Troopers” and most recently on “Free Solo,” which won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar earlier this year.

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“You touched so many lives,” she continued. “I know the pain you felt was profound, real and relentless. I know you suffered. I can only hope you have finally found some peace and justice as you so deserve it. I’m sorry it was this way. Our community lost an amazing person. I will always love and remember you Andy.”

There is no indication that his death was connected to climbing or production on a documentary project.

Berends made several films that shed light on conflicts across the globe, particularly in Africa. During the filming of “Delta Boys,” which explored the militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, he was arrested, detained for 10 days, and expelled from the country by the Nigerian government in a bid to suppress media coverage of the conflict.

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His first documentary, “Urk,” about Dutch fishermen on the North Sea, was nominated for the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award, and was awarded the International Documentary Association “Courage Under Fire” award for his film “The Blood of My Brother” about an Iraqi family whose son was killed by an American patrol.

Read Vasarhelyi’s complete tribute in the post below.

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We have lost a wonderful friend and an important filmmaker – Andrew Berends. I first met Andy in 2006 when I saw his film Blood of my Brother. I was taken by his poignant and human images and asked our mutual friend Gwyn Welles to introduce us. We found that we had a lot in common including our passion for Africa. Andy and I went on to make 2 films together, Incorruptible and Little Troopers. We also collaborated on many other projects. We traveled throughout West Africa, Europe, Kosovo, the US and most recently he filmed with jimmy and my team on Free Solo. Andy’s intelligence, sensitivity, bravery, loyalty, strength, perfectionism and fierce sense of justice made him an excellent filmmaker and a trusted friend. Andy the images you captured and the stories you told are beautiful and critical and they will live on. Thank you for being my friend and collaborator all these years. I will miss your goofy sense of humor, your infectious hope, your gravely voice, your sensitivity, your great notes giving, your creativity, your biking outfits, your unique morning routines, your fraught but hilarious relationship stories, your unbridled passion, your exacting perfectionism, your love and your friendship. You protected me when things got tough both in and off the field. Your work was so so good. You accepted me and other friends worts and all — yet always demanded that we rise to our best selves. You required the same of yourself and that’s why you were such a good filmmaker and such a complex friend. You touched so many lives. I know the pain you felt was profound, real and relentless. I know you suffered. I can only hope you have finally found some peace and justice as you so deserve it. I’m sorry it was this way. Our community lost an amazing person. I will always love and remember you Andy. I encourage everyone to watch Andy’s remarkable films. Urk (2003) The Blood of My Brother (2005), Delta Boys (2012), Madina’s Dream (2015)

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Janice Freeman, a contest from Season 13 of NBC’s “The Voice,” died Saturday from “complications of lupus and a bronchial infection,” the singer’s family announced on Facebook. She was 33.

“We are heartbroken to confirm the news that Janice Freeman unexpectedly passed on to a much more glorious incarnation yesterday,” reads the post on her official Facebook page. “Doctors believe a blood clot had formed in her lungs, which led to her quick demise.”

Freeman — whose health issues had included lupus, meningitis and cervical cancer — was at home in Pasadena with her husband Dion Saturday when she complained that she was having trouble breathing. He performed CPR until the arrival of paramedics, who transported her to the hospital, where she later was pronounced dead.

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Freeman was on “Team Miley” in Season 13 of the NBC talent show and placed in the top 11. Cyrus posted a tribute to her on Instagram Sunday, saying, “Thank you @janicefreeman…for everything. This represents you perfectly.”

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Several months ago, doctors had inserted a port-a-cath to ease her ongoing lupus treatments, but her immune system continued to remain depressed, with even common colds threatening more serious repercussions.

“She struggled every single day,” Dion said. “She was constantly in pain – literally, for years – but was sure she would conquer it all. She just kept on fighting.”

Freeman is also survived by her 12-year-old daughter, Hannah.

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‘Who’s the Boss?’ Star Katherine Helmond: Alyssa Milano, Tony Danza, Judith Light and More Pay Tribute

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Hollywood paid tribute on Friday to former “Soap” and “Who’s the Boss?” star Katherine Helmond, who passed away at 89 on Feb. 23.

“Katherine Helmond was a remarkable human being and an extraordinary artist; generous, gracious, charming and profoundly funny,” “Who’s the Boss?” co-star Judith Light said in a statement. “She taught me so much about life and inspired me indelibly by watching her work. Katherine was a gift to our business and to the world, and will be deeply missed.”

“She was such an influence on me,” Tony Danza said in a statement. “No matter what problem I had, I could go to her. Very few people could match her. She was a consummate professional. She never made a mistake and she always got the laugh. She was the sexy older lady who could keep up with the young people. She just had a way about her.”

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Helmond passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s in her home in Los Angeles on Feb. 23. She won two Golden Globes, was nominated for seven Emmys and was also nominated for a Tony, all part of a five-decade career on film, television and stage.

Alyssa Milano, who starred with Helmond on “Who’s the Boss?” offered her own tribute to her onscreen grandmother:

“My beautiful, kind, funny, gracious, compassionate, rock,” Milano wrote. “You were an instrumental part of my life. You taught me to hold my head above the marsh! You taught me to do anything for a laugh! What an example you were!”

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Danny Pintauro, who played Milano’s brother on the show, also spoke with TheWrap about Helmond.

“The best TV grandmother a boy could ask for,” Pintauro said. “Even still, Im just as devastated as I was when I lost my real grandma. A beautiful soul has left us for the next chapter, may you make them laugh Katherine!”

Below, see some other online reactions to Helmond’s passing:

Katherine Helmond has passed away.

My beautiful, kind, funny, gracious, compassionate, rock. You were an instrumental part of my life. You taught me to hold my head above the marsh! You taught me to do anything for a laugh! What an example you were!

Rest In Peace, Katherine.

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 1, 2019

Katherine Helmond was such a class act and incredibly down to earth. She was terrific as my mother on #EveryboyLovesRaymond and I looked up to her as a role model. #RIPKatherineHelmond

— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) March 1, 2019

Our deepest sympathies go out to the loved ones of Overboard star Katherine Helmond, who has passed away at age 89.

— MGM Studios (@MGM_Studios) March 1, 2019

RIP Katherine Helmond, blithe spirit of Soap. She beautifully embodied an airy, throwaway style of sitcom acting that doesn’t really exist anymore and that I suspect was much harder than it appeared to be.

— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 1, 2019

R.I.P. dear Katherine Helmond. You were a joy and an inspiration in my career and my life.

— Joe Mantegna (@JoeMantegna) March 1, 2019

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Katherine Helmond, a character actress who rose to fame in the 1970s with roles on the sitcoms “Soap” and “Who’s the Boss?,” has died at age 89.

Her agency APA told TheWrap that Helmond passed away on Feb. 23 of Alzheimer’s complications in her home in Los Angeles.

Across her five decades on TV, Helmond is perhaps best known for playing the ditzy matriarch Jessica Tate opposite Billy Crystal and Robert Guillaume on ABC’s soap opera sitcom “Soap.” She was nominated for four Emmys for the part and won a Golden Globe in 1981.

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She also played the sexy and wise Mona Robinson opposite Tony Danza on “Who’s the Boss?,” which earned her two more Emmy nominations. She was most recently Emmy nominated for a guest spot on “Everybody Loves Raymond” in 2002. Her other TV credits included ABC’s “Coach,” A&E’s “The Glades” and HBO’s “True Blood.”

In film, Helmond was a frequent collaborator of Terry Gilliam, starring in his “Time Bandits,” “Brazil” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” She more recently provided a voice in Pixar’s trilogy of “Cars” films,” and she also starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Family Plot” and Garry Marshall’s “Overboard.”

Helmond also had a lucrative career on stage, and she was nominated for a Best Supporting or Featured Actress Tony Award for her Broadway performance in Eugene O’Neill’s “The Great God Brown.” Her other Broadway productions included “Private Lives,” “Don Juan” and “Mixed Emotions.” She also received critical acclaim for her stage performance in Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.”

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Born Katherine Marie Helmond on July 5, 1929, in Galveston, Texas, Helmond’s first love was always the theater, where she would continue to work throughout her life. Helmond was the only child of Thelma and Joseph P. Helmond. She was raised by her mother and grandmother and attended a Catholic primary school, where she appeared in numerous school plays before making her stage debut in “As You Like It” in 1955.

Helmond would spend seven years performing at the Hartford Stage Company and Trinity Repertory Theater. After winning the Drama Critics Award for her Off-Broadway performance in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “The House of Blue Leaves” by John Guare, Helmond followed the production to Los Angeles, where she was eventually discovered by talent scouts and landed her first television role guest-starring in an episode of “Gunsmoke.”

Helmond met her husband of 57 years, David Christian, at The Hampton Playhouse Summer Stock Theater, where he was the set designer and she was the leading lady. They wed in 1962 and remained happily married until her death.

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In a 2011 interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Helmond attributed her long, continuous and successful career to her childhood.

“I went to Catholic school. Do as you’re told; don’t ask questions and you will be illuminated,” she said. “I listened; I paid attention, and I sat quietly in my chair until they pointed at me. Then I got up and did what I was expected to do. When I got to be an old girl, I was still a good little girl.”

A memorial for family and friends to celebrate her extraordinary life and career is currently being planned for the near future.

Helmond is survived by her husband David Christian.

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