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‘Laverne & Shirley’ Actor Cindy Williams Dies of Short Illness

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‘Laverne & Shirley’ star Cindy Williams’s cause of death was announced by her family. Following a brief illness, she passed away in Los Angeles on January 25, 2023, at the age of 75.

Williams’s children, Zak and Emily Hudson issued a statement to Yahoo Entertainment saying that Williams died peacefully on January 25, 2023.

“The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed.

'Laverne & Shirley' Actor Cindy Williams Dies of Short Illness.

“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,” family spokesperson Liza Cranis shared on Monday.

Cynthia Jane Williams was born on August 22, 1947, in Van Nuys, California. She started acting in high school where she shared the stage with Sally Field.

After graduating college, where Cindy majored in Theater Arts, she landed her first television roles in Nanny and the Professor, Room 222, and Love, American Style.

Movie roles followed as Williams starred in director George Lucas’s classic 1973 film American Graffiti alongside Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, and Harrison Ford. The following year, the actress starred in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation.

Her biggest break came in 1975 when Cindy was cast in ABC’s Happy Days. Her character Shirley and her best friend Laverne DeFazio went on a double date with Fonzie (Henry Winkler) and Richie (Ron Howard).

The duo’s scene-stealing roles led to the spinoff of Laverne & Shirley. Laverne & Shirley ran for 8 seasons and was one of the most popular shows on television during its run.

Laverne & Shirley is widely considered one of the most iconic female friendships in TV history. Williams and Marshall remained close friends offscreen and starred together in 2004 for the joint unveiling of the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

When Marshall, who directed such films as Big and A League of Their Own, passed away in 2018 at 75, Williams described it as “an extraordinary loss.”

Cindy was still entertaining audiences prior to her death. Last year, the star completed a national theater tour of her one-woman show: Me, Myself and Shirley.

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Fans Searching for Cindy Williams’s Cause of Death

Cindy Williams’s cause of death is reported as a brief illness. Family spokesperson Liza Cranis revealed the sad news on Monday, January 30, 2023.

Williams tied the knot to Bill Hudson of the musical trio Hudson Brothers in 1982. Together the pair have two children: a daughter, Emily (born 1982), and a son, Zachary (born 1986). Their marriage ended in divorce in 2000.

Her memoir Shirley, I Jest! (co-written with Dave Smitherman) was published in 2015. In the same year, Cindy engaged in celebrity branding for the senior citizen service Visiting Angels.

Tributes are pouring in from Cindy Williams’s peers on Monday night as news of her death made headlines.

Fans Searching for Cindy Williams's Cause of Death.

Yvette Nicole Brown wrote: “I hate this so much. I just hate it! 💔 Oh how I loved Cindy Williams. When I was blessed to meet her on the set of @TheOddCoupleCBS she was as lovely as I always imagined she’d be. #Dammit #LaverneAndShirley Actor #CindyWilliams Dead at 75.”

“Sad to hear the passing of Cindy Williams. If there is an afterlife, may you and Penny be pouring a Shotz beer and Milk and Pepsi with Garry, David, Eddie, and Phil,” Danny Deraney tweeted.

Another heartbreaking news! Founder of influential Punk-Era band Television Tom Verlaine’s cause of death was revealed by his daughter. He died in New York City on January 28, 2023, at 73.

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