Denise Dowse, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ actress, dies at 64


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Actress Denise Dowse has died, her sister confirmed in an Instagram post. She was 64 years old.

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

The “Beverly Hills, 90210” actress was hospitalized on Sunday and spent the week in a coma battling severe meningitis. Doctors did not say when or if she would wake up since the coma was “not medically induced”. She died less than a week later.

“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,” the actress’ sister added in the post.

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Tracey also addressed supporters and fans of Denise.

“Denise loved you all. I know she’s watching over us with all the love she has,” Dowse wrote.

Denise’s sister requested privacy and continued the prayers during this time. She will later provide information regarding Denise’s funeral or “her celebration of life,” she said.

Dowse concluded: “Once again, I’m so grateful for all the calls, texts, direct messages and silent prayers for my sister. We couldn’t have done it so gracefully and so painlessly without all the warriors of the prayer from all over the world. Thank you for giving so selflessly.”

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Ian Ziering, a “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star, responded to the post by calling the death “incredibly heartbreaking.”

“In all my years working on Beverly Hills 90210, my scenes with Denise will always be remembered with the utmost respect for her talent and the affection she was for the loving soul that she was,” a- he writes. “Some of my warmest off-camera laughs were between her and me hammering away at the discipline her Mrs. Teasley would give my Steve Sanders.”

“My heartfelt condolences to his family and all who were dear to him,” Ziering concluded.

Denise Dowse attends the 2022 Pan African Film and Arts Festival on April 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
(Maury Phillips/Getty Images)

Actor Jason Kelley (“Mayor of Kingstown,” “Murder in the First”), who said Denise was his first professional director and coach, says many actors touched by her life will carry on her legacy .

“Thank you for bravely sharing this sad news. I’m sorry to hear it,” Kelley wrote. “The wisdom and standard she demanded provided the foundation for my theatrical craft. We enjoyed bragging about our Virginia roots and she encouraged me to trust my instincts. crossed the boards (occasionally in The Cork for a drink) and more recently at the Road Theater It was like a reunion She is and has been a queen mother to many and her spirit is sown in the community.

He added: “Her presence will be missed but her Essence will carry on in these artists, friends and family to whom she gave so much.”

Actor and director Larry Powell wrote: “My first acting mentor. Well, beyond that, life mentor. I love this woman so much. Sending nothing but fierce love and prayers .”

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Tracey Dowse announced her sister’s hospitalization and condition on Sunday, August 7.

“As many of you know, I’m a private person. So it’s hard for me,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “I ask for support and prayers be offered to me and my sister, and only my immediate family @denisedowse.”

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“She is currently in hospital in a coma caused by a virulent form of meningitis. Her doctors do not know when she will come out of the coma because it was not medically induced,” she added.

Denise Dowse is known for playing Mrs. Teasley in the teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and recently played Dr. Rhonda Pine on HBO’s “Insecure.” She’s starred in “The Guardian,” “Coach Carter,” and more.

Fox News’ Stephanie Giang-Paunon contributed to this report.


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