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'Police Academy' Star Marion Ramsey Dies at 73 — inside the Circumstances of Her Death

Stephen Thompson
Jan 08, 2021
09:00 A.M.
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Marion Ramsey, famous for her role in the '80s "Police Academy" comedy franchise, is dead. Ramsey died at the age of 73, as was confirmed by her management team.

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Broadway star Marion Ramsey, who played the role of Officer Laverne Hook in "Police Academy," has died. Ramsey was confirmed dead yesterday at her home in Los Angeles.

Although her management team at Roger Inc. was contacted, the cause of her death was not stated. In a statement shared, the star was said to have been one with a permeating light that made impressions on those she met.

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While alive, Ramsey was a staunch advocate for AIDS awareness and had an annual collaboration with fellow star Sheryl Lee Ralph which is a fundraising event.

The star expanded her showbiz sphere in the 1990s, voicing roles in cartoon series like "The Addams" and "Robot Chicken."

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The event called "Divas Simply Singing" has generated millions of dollars as a benefit for AIDS awareness and prevention. The tribute statement in her honor read:

"...The dimming of her light is already felt by those who knew her well. We will miss her and always love her."

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Ramsey, a Philadelphia native, combined Broadway production projects with film and built a career from the '70s. She appeared on "The Jeffersons" in 1976, before going on as a regular on a Bill Cosby comedy show, "Cos."

The late star starred in her biggest movie role in 1984 when she bagged the Officer Laverne character in "Police Academy." She would later reprise the role in five more sequels in the comedy franchise.

Her Broadway works include "Hello Dolly!" and "Miss Moffat," alongside Bette Davis, "The Little Shop of Horror," and Harold Prince's "Grind,"' among others.

The star expanded her showbiz sphere in the 1990s, voicing roles in cartoon series like "The Addams" and "Robot Chicken." Ramsey's last known role was in 2018's "When I Sing." She is survived by three brothers.

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