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OTRC: Sherman Hemsley, TV's George Jefferson, died of cancer

Sherman Hemsley appears with Isabel Sanford in a scene from the 1970s series 'The Jeffersons.' (Embassy Television / CBS)

Sherman Hemsley, an actor best known for playing George Jefferson on the hit sitcom "The Jeffersons," died of cancer in July, according to the Texas medical examiner's office.

Hemsley was pronounced dead at the age of 74 by the El Paso Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, July 24. He had no wife or children.

The El Paso County medical examiner's office released a report Wednesday, August 8, which attributed the actor's death to a cancerous tumor obstructing a large vein, according to the Associated Press. TMZ reported that he died from lung cancer.

Hemsley, who is originally from Philadelphia, made his on-screen debut in "All In The Family" in 1973. The show ended its run in 1978, but he played his character, the abrasive George Jefferson, in a spin-off - "The Jeffersons," which aired until 1985. Isabel Sanford, who played his on-screen wife Louise "Weezy" Jefferson, died in 2004 at age 86.

Hemsley also had roles in shows such as "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, "Amen," "Family Matters" and "Sister, Sister." He also provided the voice of mean boss B.P. Richfield in the 1990s life-size puppet sitcom "The Dinosaurs." The actor's last on-screen role was in a 2011 episode of the comedy series "House of Payne."

Tyler Perry paid homage to the Hemsley shortly after his death in a tribute video posted on his official twitter page. It was a montage of Hemsley in "House of Payne." Watch the video below.

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