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This news will be a blow to a 70’s and 80’s baby. Actor Lou Myers, most famous for portraying the surly Vernon Gaines on TV sitcom A Different World, passed away. He was 77-years-old.

TMZ reports:

The President of Lou’s non-profit tells TMZ, Lou passed away last night in West Virginia at the Charleston Medical Center following a heart-related emergency.

Lou was hospitalized in December for pneumonia but released after New Year’s. He collapsed at home a few weeks later and was hospitalized again.

Lou’s heart stopped yesterday. Doctors were able to revive him, but he fell into a coma and passed just hours later. He was 77.

And yes, his Wikipedia and IMDb pages are incorrect. We’re told he lied about his age. According to official records, Lou’s birthday was September 26, 1935. As one source put it, “You know how actors are.”

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the official cause of death.

A Different World launched in 1987 as a spin off of The Cosby Show set in the fictional HBCU Hillman College. Myers, a West Virginia native, joined the cast in its second season and quickly become one of its most familiar characters.

Since A Different World’s last season in 1993, Myers appeared in numerous big screen (The Fighting Temptations, The Wedding Planner) and small screen (All About The AndersonsMy Parents, My Sister & Me) roles.

Rest In Power Lou Myers.

Photo: IMDB