"A Different World" actor Lou Myers has died at the age of 77. TMZ reported on Wednesday, Feb. 20 that Lou Myers died late Tuesday night in West Virginia at Charleston Medical Center following a heart issues.
Lou Myers is best known for his role as Mr. Vernon Gaines on the 80's sitcom "A Different World."
Myer's death was confirmed by the president of Lou's non-profit. In December Lou Myers was hospitalized for pneumonia and released after New Year's. Sadly a few weeks ago Myers was reported to have collapsed at his home a few weeks later and hospitalized again.
The celebrity news site reported that Myers' heart stopped yesterday. Doctors were able to revive him, but he fell into a coma and passed just hours later.
Lou Myers was typically typecast as a grumpy old man, but he has appeared in many movies, stage plays, television sitcoms, and dramas. He got his first break as an understudy in the Broadway play, "The First Breeze of Summer" as Reverend Mosley.
"A Different World" aired for six seasons on NBC (from September 24, 1987 – July 9, 1993). It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) and the life of students at Hillman College, a fictional mixed but historically black college in the state of Virginia.
He is survived by his son and his 95-year-old mother.