'Will & Grace' actress Shelley Morrison (83) dies

Shelley Morrison. (Getty Images)
Shelley Morrison. (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Will & Grace actress Shelley Morrison has died. She was 83 years old.

Her publicist Lori DeWaal told CNN that she died on Sunday from heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Shelley was best known for her role as Karen Walker's (Megan Mullally) maid, Rosario in the award-winning NBC sitcom.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shelley was only signed on for one episode, the first-season finale she returned for 67 more episodes and stayed on until the show ended in May 2006.

Shelley did not reprise her role in the Will & Grace revival as she retired from acting, reports Variety.

In a statement, her publicist said: "Shelley's greatest pride as an actress was in playing the indomitable Rosario, in a comedy series that furthered the cause of social equity and fairness for LGBTQ people. She also took pride in portraying a strong, loving yet feisty Latina character. She believed that the best way to change hearts and minds was through comedy."

The stars of the show Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes and Eric McCormack took to social media to express their grief after the news broke.


Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht. (Sources: CNN, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter)

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