Did You Know These ’90s Sitcom Actors Passed Away?

Such incredible talents.

’90s sitcoms were the best and featured some of the most talented actors of our time. However, some of them have sadly passed away. Here are 10 Thespians who are no longer with us.

  • 1 John Ritter
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    John played a senator’s aide named John Hartman on the CBS show Hearts Afire from 1992 to 1995. The actor passed away from an aortic dissection on September 11, 2003. At the time, he was playing Paul Hennessy on ABC’s 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenager Daughter. (You might know him best as Jack Tripper from Three’s Company.) [/item
  • 2 James Avery
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    He played the greatest television dad ever, Philip Banks, on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996. He passed away from complications during open heart surgery on December 31, 2013. [/item
  • 3 Yvette Wilson
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    Between 1996 and 2004, the comedienne played Andell Wilkerson on the UPN sitcom Moesha and its later spinoff The Parkers. She died in June 2012 after battling both cervical cancer and kidney disease. [/item
  • 4 Lamont Bentley
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    He portrayed Hakeem Campbell on both Moesha and The Parkers for almost a decade. In January 2005, Lamont died when he was involved in a single car accident. [/item
  • 5 Rosetta LeNoire
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    She charmed audiences from 1989 to 1998 as Estelle “Mother” Winslow in Family Matters. She passed away in 2002 due to complications from diabetes. [/item
  • 6 Madeline Kahn
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    Madeline’s filmography is expansive, but she achieved ’90s sitcom icon status when she played Pauline Fox on Cosby for three years. She passed away from ovarian cancer in 1999. [/item
  • 7 David Strickland
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    This case might be the most tragic. David played rock music reporter Todd Stities on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan for three years in the late ’90s before committing suicide. [/item
  • 8 Merlin Santana
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    He made us laugh as Romeo Santana on WB’s The Steve Harvey Show from 1996 to 2002. The actor was shot and killed in 2002 when he was leaving a friend’s house in Los Angeles. [/item
  • 9 Taylor Negron
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    While not a star per se, Taylor was a frequent guest star on popular shows like Friends and Seinfeld. Millennial audiences probably know him best as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s nanny on their sitcom So Little Time. He lost his life to liver cancer in January of this year. [/item
  • 10 Redd Foxx
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    Redd is known best for his starring role on the ’70s sitcom Sanford and Son; however, he was a ’90s star in his own right when his comeback show The Royal Family premiered in September 1991. However, we lost him to a heart attack a few weeks after the show premiered. The world lost an amazing talent that day. [/item