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DENISE Dowse has died at age 64, her sister shared.

The star of the television series Insecure and Grey’s Anatomy lost a battle with a “virulent form of meningitis” days after slipping into a coma.


Actress Denise Dowse has died at the age of 64, it was shared on August 13, 2022.

The heartbreaking news about Denise, 64, was shared by her sister, Tracey, on the star’s Instagram on Saturday.

“I want to take this time to thank our friends and family for all the love and prayers,” she wrote on August 13, 2022.

“It is with a heavy heart that I inform everyone that my sister, Denise Dowse, has come forward to join our family in eternal life.

“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 the family.

“Denise loved you all. I know she is taking care of us with all the love she has.”


Along with the tragic message there was a photo of the actress shared by her brother.

Actor Ian Ziering, who played Steve Sanders on Beverly Hills 90210, shared a picture of Denise on his own Instagram.

He recalled those fond memories of when she played the deputy principal in the 90’s series.

“It is so heartbreaking to say that Denise Dowse has passed away. Throughout all my years working on Beverly Hills 90210, my scenes with Denise will always be remembered with the utmost respect for her talent and fondness for the loving soul that she it was”.

Another co-worker wrote under her sister’s devastating post: “My Tracey…and my Denise…no words right now.”

A third commented, “I’m so sorry for your loss! I had so many fans.”

After news broke that Denise was in a coma, Viola Davis tweeted hopefully, “Supporting you sis! You’re an excellent actress with so much more work to do. Praying for you.”

The Walking Dead’s Vincent M. Ward commented, “sentences up” on the initial news as well.

Denise was previously hospitalized due to her ailments, TMZ first shared on August 9.

Denise’s sister, Tracey, revealed that news late last week on Facebook, asking for prayers.

“I ask for support and prayers for myself and my sister, and my only immediate family, Denise Dowse,” she wrote.

“She is currently in hospital in a coma caused by a virulent form of meningitis.

“Her doctors don’t know when she will come out of the coma, as she was not medically induced.”

Her sister added at the time that she should have “many years ahead of her.”

The U.S. Sun had reached out to Denise’s representatives for comment at the time of her hospitalization.

Denise played Dr. Rhonda Pyne on Insecure from 2017 to 2020.

She previously appeared on the sixth season of Grey’s Anatomy as Lorraine Simms, the grandmother of fictional surgical resident Blake Simms.

In fact, the star has a massive 122 acting credits to her name according to IMDB.

She appeared on screen in such classic films as Ray, the Ray Charles biopic opposite Jamie Foxx, Requiem for A Dream, and Coach Carter.

Personal life

She also starred in Beverly Hills, 90210 as West Beverly Hills High Vice Principal Mrs. Yvonne Teasley for 10 years, and on the television show Guardian.

Even when Denise’s resume expanded into blockbusters, she was still working on the small screen, voicing the character of Officer Shirley on Nickelodeon’s Rocket Power.

She has even stepped into the director’s chair, directing a civil rights-themed film Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story, now in post-production, as well as a 2004 documentary short.

The upcoming historical biopic stars Corbin Bleu and Vanessa Williams, among others.

Denise was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and is the daughter of a naval officer according to Hollywood Fringe.

She graduated from Norfolk State University with a BA in English/Drama.

She was not publicly known as she was married and had a private personal life.

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