Beverly Hills star Denise Dowse dies after falling into coma in meningitis battle

Lottie O'Neill August 14, 2022
Beverly Hills star Denise Dowse dies after falling into coma in meningitis battle
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Denise Dowse, known for her roles in Beverly Hills, 90210, HBO’s Insecure and starring alongside Samuel L Jackson in Coach Carter, has died.

The TV star’s passing was tragically announced by her sister Tracey, who said she died days after it was reported she fell into a coma.

Denise, 64, had been battling a “virulent form of meningitis” and was receiving urgent care in hospital. The disease had caused inflammation in the membranes that encased her brain and spinal cord, writes TMZ.

‘I know she is watching over us’

Her sister, Tracey Dowse, took to Instagram to pen a heartfelt tribute to the star.

“I want to take this moment to thank our friends and family for all of the love and prayers. It is with a very heavy heart that I inform everyone that my sister Denise Dowse has gone forward to meet our family in eternal life,” she wrote.

“Denise Yvonne Dowse was the most amazing sister, a consummate, illustrious actress, mentor and director. She was my very best friend and final family member. Denise loved all of you. I know that she is watching over us with all the love she has.”

Again I am so grateful for all the calls, text messages, direct messages, and silent prayers for my sister,” it added.

“We could not have made it so gracefully and painlessly without all of the prayer warriors around the world. Thank you for giving so selflessly.”

Denise Dowse’s career

The showbiz star played Vice Principal Yvonne Teasley in Beverly Hills, 90210, for a decade on the original. Most recently, she was cast as Dr Rhonda Pine on HBO’s Insecure between 2017 and 2020.

She also featured in TV shows such as Seinfeld, Full House, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The West Wing.

Denise acted alongside Samuel L Jackson, playing the principal of the rundown school in Coach Carter.

In the 1990s, her long list of credits extends to The X Files, Criminal Minds, House, Law and Order, Bones, Charmed and Sister, Sister.

Not to mention ER, Moesha, Grey’s Anatomy and The Bernie Mac Show.

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