Actress Denise Dowse dies aged 64

TV actress Denise Dowse has died aged 64 following a battle with viral meningitis, her family announced on Saturday.

Tributes poured in for the ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Insecure’ actor after his sister Tracey announced his death on Instagram.

“I want to take this time to thank our friends and family for all the love and prayers,” she wrote. “It is with a very heavy heart that I inform everyone that my sister, Denise Dowse, has left to meet our family in eternal life,” Tracey wrote.

“Denise Yvonne Dowse was the most amazing sister, an accomplished and illustrious actress, mentor and director. She was my best friend and the last member of my family. Denise loved you all. love she has.

His passing was originally reported by TV Line.

Dowse had been in a coma for at least a week after suffering from inflammation of the protective membranes that surrounded his brain and spinal cord.

Dowse at the tribute concert to the late legendary Ray Charles on October 22, 2004.
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Ian Ziering, who played Yvonne Teasley, vice-principal at Dowse’s West Beverly Hills High on “90210,” remembered her as a great actress and a “loving soul.”

“So heartbreaking to say that Denise Dowse passed away. Throughout everything
my years working on Beverly Hills 90210, my scenes with Denise will always be [sic] be
remembered with the greatest respect for his talent and affection for the loving soul
she was.

“Some of my warmest laughs off camera were between her and me hammering the [sic] disciplining his Mrs. Teasley would be flat to my Steve Sanders. My sincere condolences to his family and all who were dear to him. God bless you Denise pay this Legacy Key A,” he wrote on Instagram.

Denise Dowse holding the award.
Dowse at the 26th Annual NAACP Theater Awards on November 21, 2016.
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Dowse was seen frequently on network television in the 90s, with credits on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy”, “The X-Files”, “Criminal Minds”, “Bones”, “House”, “Monk” , “Law & Order,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Charmed,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Moesha,” “Sister, Sister,” “ER,” “Step by Step,” ” Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Seinfeld” and “Full House” – among others.

Tracey told Page Six that her sister was most proud of “Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story,” an image she recently directed that premiered at the 2022 Pan African Film Festival in April.

“She won several best director awards at film festivals this year,” Tracey said.

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