Kellye Nakahara Fans Mourn over the Death of M*A*S*H Star Who Passed Away at 72
Following the death of "M*A*S*H" star Kellye Nakahara, fans have come out in droves to express their grief and condolences for the family. Nakahara was just 72.
Actress Kellye Nakahara passed away on Sunday at her home in Pasadena, California. At least one family member was there to see her go serenely at age 72.
Best known for her role in the popular CBS comedy-drama show "M*A*S*H," Nakahara played the role of the beloved Lieutenant Nurse Kellye Yamato.
A successful career
Nakahara stayed with the show over its entire 11-season run, garnering over 165 episodes before its end in 1983. She also starred in 1985's "Clue," "Sabrina, the Teenager Witch," and "NYPD Blue," among others.
Nakahara, who was also a well-accomplished artist, reportedly died after a short fight against cancer. She left behind two children, William and Nalani, two grandchildren, and a slew of fans.
For various reasons — not just her incredible talent on-screen — Nakahara touched several people who saw her on "M*A*S*H" and in her other films.
One person took to Twitter and explained: "Growing up, watching reruns of MASH, Kellye Nakahara was one of the few not size 6 or below on TV. It made me love her."
I was a plump teen. Growing up, watching reruns of MASH, Kellye Nakahara was one of the few not size 6 or below on TV. It made me love her. That she was a good actress only made it better. Thank you, Kellye. RIP. https://t.co/NfGohcFiVM— WriterIowa 🇺🇲 (@writeriowa) February 17, 2020
Others also shared snippets from the show as they expressed their sorrow over the "cute as hell" nurse. Fans congregated underneath to join in mourning.
Our Beloved, and 'Cute as hell', Nurse Kellye has left us.💔— CynicLgrrl (@CynicLgrrl) February 17, 2020
'M*A*S*H' Star Kellye Nakahara Dead at 72 #ClassicMASH #NurseKellye
Rest In Peace, sweet lady.
You will be missed beyond measure. 🕊️🌹⚕️💕https://t.co/9dLZ3KvvWi
One person reposted the clip featuring the phrase from the show itself, adding words of Rest in Peace in the caption accompanying it. More people shared similar thoughts below.
Because the scene is too awesome NOT to share — RIP Kellye Nakahara of "M*A*S*H": pic.twitter.com/OzODONh1zA— Matthew Rettenmund (@mattrett) February 18, 2020
Where she shone
One person noted that, despite Nakahara being a secondary character, she shone in the final season of the show along with the other moments she had throughout.
RIP to Kellye Nakahara. You were a familiar face all through M*A*S*H’s run. Mostly a secondary character, she did have a few times to shine-especially in the final season.— Cameron Jones (@Para_Mystery) February 18, 2020
You’ll always be remembered by us MASH fans! pic.twitter.com/x9YXqeM7zQ
Unfortunately, this is the second time within a month that "M*A*S*H*" fans have mourned due to a loss. Earlier this month, show creator Gene Reynolds also passed away.
Gene Reynolds dies
Reynolds was 96 when he died in Burbank California. In addition to producing, he was also a writer and director. Two other popular shows he pushed was "Lou Grant" and "Room 222."
Reynolds won several Emmys for "M*A*S*H*" and a Peabody in 1975 for the show. Additionally, he earned a Humanitas Prize as well as two Emmys for "Lou Grant." Our hearts go out to both their families.