DEAD: Sherman Hemsley (74)

TMZ reports that Sherman Hemsley, the actor who played George Jefferson first in All in The Family and then in its spin-off The Jeffersons, is dead.

No cause of death is reported for the actor, who was never married and had no children.  Interestingly, Wikipedia reports that Hemsley was a fan of Progessive Rock bands like Yes, and collaborated with Yes founder Jon Anderson on an unreleased album in the mid-1990s.

Sources tell us … Hemsley was discovered by his nurse … who initially believed the actor was asleep. Once she realized something was wrong, she called for help.

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Hemsley, who was 74, became famous during his appearances on “All in the Family.”¬† The spin-off, “The Jeffersons” was a monster hit.¬† He also starred in the TV show, “Amen.”¬† He was also a professional singer and even released the single in 1989, “Ain’t that A Kick in the Head.”