Denise Dowse, Beverly Hills ‘90210 Actress, Dies at 64

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Denise Dowse, a 64-year-old actress, has died.

The TV star was most well-known for her roles in the tv series Beverly Hills, 90210 and, more recently, HBO’s Insecure, according to Yahoo.

Tracey Dowse, Dowse’s sister, revealed the actor’s death on her Instagram account. She died just days after it was disclosed that she had gone into a coma due to “a virulent form of meningitis.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, meningitis is “an inflammation of the fluid and membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord.” The majority of cases of meningitis in the United States are caused by a viral infection, but bacterial, parasitic, and fungal infections are also common.

“I want to take this moment to thank our friends and family for all of the love and prayers. It is with a very heavy heart that I inform everyone that my sister Denise Dowse has gone forward to meet our family in eternal life,” she stated.

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

“Again I am so grateful for all the calls, text messages, direct messages, and silent prayers for my sister,” it read. “We could not have made it so gracefully and painlessly without all of the prayer warriors around the world. Thank you for giving so selflessly.”

Denise Dowse, a naval officer’s daughter, was born on February 21, 1958 in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to Variety. Throughout her decades-long career, she has had dozens of acting roles, including vice principal Yvonne Weasley on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” the Angel of Destiny on “Charmed,” and Dr. Rhonda Pine on “Insecure.”

Her other characters include “The Resident,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Built to Last,” “Secrets & Lies,” “Imposters,” and the films “Ray,” “Coach Carter,” “Pleasantville,” and “Requiem for a Dream.”

Her most recent appearance was as Detective Trina McWilliams in the 2022 film “A Cloud So High.”


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