Veteran Actress Denise Dowse Dies After Fighting Meningitis

by Jhanaya Belle

August 10, 2022

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Denise Dowse, the veteran actress memorable for her roles in Beverly Hills 90210, Insecure and others, has died. She was 64.

Her death comes days after reports that she was hospitalized in a coma and battling meningitis. Her sister Tracey shared the news in a post on the actress’ Instagram page, and asked her fans for prayers, as she was battling “a virulent form of meningitis.”

In a follow-up post on Saturday, Tracey thanked everyone for the love and prayers, and shared the news that Denise has passed.

“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,” Tracey wrote. “Denise loved all of you. I know that she is watching over us with all the love she has.”

Dowse had a broad range of experience and several television credits, including Girlfriends, Moesha, Sister Sister, Full House, Beverly Hills 90210, Grey’s Anatomy, and others. She also played Dr. Rhonda Pine in Issa Rae’s hit HBO Max series Insecure.

Dowse will also be making her directing debut in the historical film, Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story which will also feature Keith David, Vanessa Williams, and Columbus Short.

Following her sister’s plea for prayers last week, many fans and celebs took to social media to send their well wishes to the legendary actress.

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“Sending love, prayer and hugs to one of my favorites. 🙏🏾🙏🏾❤️❤️” Former NBA player Stephan Howard wrote.

Beverly Hills, 90210 costar Ian Ziering commented “Sending prayers and hopes for better days ahead 🙏”

“Sending lots of prayers to Denise and her family hope she feels better soon 🙏🙏🙏🙏,” one fan commented.

Please join TV One as we send our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Denise Dowse at this most difficult time.

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