‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star Cindy Williams Dead At 75

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Sad news for fans of the 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley — actress Cindy Williams, who played Shirley, has been confirmed dead at the age of 75. This tragic news was confirmed by her children, Zak and Emily Hudson in a statement released via the family spokesperson named, Liza Cranis. Has Cindy Williams’s cause of death been revealed? Plus, what did her children have to say in the statement? Keep reading for all the details.

Laverne & Shirley: Cindy Williams’s death confirmed by her children

Through a family spokesperson, Cindy Williams’ children Zak and Emily Hudson confirmed the tragic passing of their mother. Per LOS ANGELES (WZTV)the actress passed away following a brief illness. Other details surrounding her cause of death have yet to be made public.

The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed. Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved.

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A closer look at her career

Born on August 22, 1947, Cindy Williams was known for being extremely petite. She was born into a very poor family and always dreamed of being an actress. She grew up creating and performing in her own plays with Debbie Reynolds as a role model she looked up to. While working as a waitress to support herself, she auditioned for roles in commercials, television shows, and movies. Her very first stepping stone that launched her career was the opportunity to tap dance with Gene Kelly.

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Despite being best known for her role as Shirley in Laverne & Shirley, Cindy Williams has just shy of 100 credits on her acting resume according to IMDb. Some of the more notable titles on her resume include:

  • The Conversation (1974)
  • The Creature Wasn’t Nice (1981)
  • American Graffiti (1972) 
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As fans of Laverne & Shirley know, the actress starred alongside Penny Marshall who passed away on December 17, 2018. The cause of death listed on Penny’s death certificate included: “cardiopulmonary failure, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and diabetes mellitus type 1.” At the time of her passing, most outlets reported her cause of death was due to complicates resulting from diabetes.

Rest in peace, Cindy Williams.

Allie Johnson

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