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Sherman Hemsley of 'The Jeffersons' had cancer, medical examiner says

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

August 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Texas medical examiner confirmed Wednesday that cancer led to the death of actor Sherman Hemsley.

The star of "The Jeffersons" had a tumor obstructing a large vein. He died at his home in El Paso on July 24 at the age of 74.

Hemsley made George Jefferson, the blustering Harlem businessman, one of TV's most memorable characters.

Hemsley also found success on other TV shows. For five seasons, he played Deacon Ernest Frye on "Amen." He also had roles in shows like "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, "Family Matters" and "Sister, Sister."