Marion Ramsey has sadly died at the age of 73, it has been confirmed.
The actress, best known for starring in Police Academy, died at her Los Angeles home on Thursday.
Ramsey’s management team at Roger Paul Inc. A announced her death but said, although she had been ill in recent days, a cause of death is yet to be determined.
Fans will remember Ramsey for her notable role as squeaky-voiced Officer Laverne Hooks in Police Academy, beginning with the first installment and going on to star in the next four sequels.
Ramsey was also a Broadway veteran and starred in the 1978 production Eubie!, a biographical music about celebrated jazz pianist Eubie Blake.
Born in Philadelphia, Ramsey made her mark in the Broadway world with roles including Hello, Dolly!
In 1976, the actress landed a spot in an episode of The Jefferson’s, while her unique voice won her voiceover gigs including Addams Family (1992) and Robot Chicken (2006).
Paying tribute to Ramsey, presenter Sarah O’Connell tweeted: ‘Very sad to hear that Marion Ramsey has died aged 73. She starred as Officer Laverne Hooks in the Police Academy series.
‘I had the opportunity to meet Marion once, and she was lovely.’
A message on the Twitter account for the movie When I Sing read: ‘It is with great sadness that I share our loss of my friend, and one of the shining stars of When I Sing, (her final role) the beautiful, kind, hilarious, #MarionRamsey . I will miss you, my silly sister.’
Linda Chorney who stars in the film added: ‘We will miss our dear friend Marion.’
Ramsey is survived by three brothers.
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