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Actress Denise Dowse dead at 64

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Television actress Denise Dowse died at age 64 following a battle with viral meningitis, family said Saturday.

Tributes poured in for the “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Insecure” actor after her death was announced by her sister Tracey on Instagram.

“I would like to take this moment to thank our family and friends for all the love and prayers,” she wrote. “It’s with a really heavy heart that I inform everyone that my sister, Denise Dowse, has gone forward to satisfy our family in everlasting life,” Tracey wrote.

“Denise Yvonne Dowse was essentially the most amazing sister, a consummate, illustrious actress, mentor and director. She was my best friend and final member of the family. Denise loved all of you. I do know that she is watching over us with all of the love she has.”

Her passing was initially reported by TV Line.

Dowse had been in a coma for a minimum of per week after suffering inflammation within the protective membranes that surrounded her brain and spinal cord.

Dowse played the role of Vice-Principal Yvonne Teasley on the hit Nineties TV show “Beverly Hills, 90210.”Ian Ziering / Instagram

Denise DowseDowse on the tribute concert for the late legendary Ray Charles on October 22, 2004.Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images

Ian Ziering, who played student to Dowse’s West Beverly Hills High vice principal Yvonne Teasley on “90210,” remembered her as an incredible actor and “loving soul.”

“So heartbreaking to say Denise Dowse has passed away. Throughout all
my years working on Beverly Hills 90210, my scenes with Denise will alwars [sic] be
remembered with the utmost in respect for her talent, and fondness for the loving soul
she was.

“A few of my heartiest off camera laughs were between she and I hammering out the the [sic] discipline her Mrs. Teasley would dish out to my Steve Sanders. My sincere condolences to her family, and all others who she was dear to. God bless you Denise, pay forward that Legacy Key A,” he wrote on Instagram.

Denise Dowse holding award.Dowse on the twenty sixth Annual NAACP Theatre Awards on November 21, 2016.Leon Bennett/Getty Images

Dowse was continuously seen on network TV within 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” — amongst others.

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

“She has won several best director awards at this 12 months’s film festivals,” Tracey gushed.

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