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Cause of Death Determined for Sitcom Star Sherman Hemsley

Aug 8, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Sherman Hemsley, known for his role as George Jefferson on the classic television sitcom "The Jeffersons," died from lung cancer, reports TMZ.com, citing the El Paso County Texas Medical Examiner.

A postmortem report said the primary cause of death was a "superior vena cava syndrome," a complication from a cancerous mass on his lung, the story notes. The report said Hemsley had been advised to receive chemo and radiation therapy. It’s not known whether he was a smoker, the story adds.

As previously reported, Hemsley died at his home in El Paso last month at the age of 74.

"The Jeffersons" ran on CBS from 1975 to 1985.

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