Shelley Morrison, who appeared on sitcom “Will & Grace,” has died at the age of 83, according to reports.
Morrison died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to heart failure following a short illness, her publicist, Lori De Waal, told The Associated Press.
Her husband, Walter Dominguez, confirmed her cause of death as a heart attack, NBC News and The New York Times reported.
The New York Times noted that she was born in the Bronx, New York City, before she moved to Los Angeles. Los Angeles is where she started her stage career and became one of the first female stage producers.
Shelley was a beautiful soul & a wonderful actor. Her work as Rosario, season after season, was as nuanced and real as it was hysterical. She will be missed by everyone at #WillandGrace, she’s a huge part of it. Sending so much love to Walter and Shelley’s whole family. #Rosario https://t.co/C1vkDTU6Qk
— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) December 2, 2019
She played the role of Rosario on “Will & Grace” from 1999 until 2006 in 68 episodes. She retired from acting before the show was rebooted by NBC in 2017.
She leaves behind six adopted children, including three girls and six boys, according to the NY Times.
Her co-stars on “Will & Grace” remembered her fondly on social media.
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Such sad news. Our beloved Shelley Morrison passed away today. She was absolutely hilarious and had the biggest heart. She was a part of our Will and Grace family and will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to her entire family. ❤️
“Just got a bulletin on my phone that shelley morrison has passed. my heart is heavy. putting shelley, her beloved husband walter & their children in the light. thank you for your friendship & partnership, shell. you accomplished wonderful things in this world. you will be missed,” Megan Mullally wrote.
“Shelley was a beautiful soul & a wonderful actor. Her work as Rosario, season after season, was as nuanced and real as it was hysterical. She will be missed by everyone at #WillandGrace, she’s a huge part of it. Sending so much love to Walter and Shelley’s whole family,” Eric McCormack tweeted.
Sean Hayes wrote in an Instagram post that Morrison “was absolutely hilarious and had the biggest heart.”