Actress Denise Dowse dies at 64

TV actress Denise Dowse died aged 64 after a battle with viral meningitis, the family said on Saturday.

Tributes for the ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Insecure’ actress poured out after her sister Tracey announced her death on Instagram.

“I want to take this moment to thank our friends and family for all the love and prayers,” she wrote. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce to everyone that my sister Denise Dowse has stepped forward to meet our family in eternal life,” Tracey wrote.

“Denise Yvonne Dowse was the most amazing sister, an accomplished celebrated actress, mentor and director. She was my very best friend and last member of my family. Denise loved you all. I know that she is watching over us with all her love.”

Her death was originally reported by TV Line.

Dowse had been in a coma for at least a week after suffering from inflammation of the protective membranes that lined her brain and spinal cord.

Denise Dowse
Dowse at the tribute concert to the late legendary Ray Charles on October 22, 2004.
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Ian Ziering, who played Dowse West Beverly Hills High’s assistant principal Yvonne Teasley in 90210, remembered her as a great actress and “loving soul.”

“It is so heartbreaking to say that Denise Dowse has passed away. All over
My years of work on Beverly Hills 90210, my scenes with Denise will always live with me [sic] be
remembered with the utmost respect for her talent and fondness for the loving soul
She was.

“Some of my heartiest off-camera laughs were between her and me as we hammered out the The [sic] Discipline Mrs. Teasley would inflict on my Steve Sanders. My sincere condolences go out to her family and everyone else who was close to her heart. God bless you Denise, pass on this Legacy Key A,” he wrote on Instagram.

Denise Dowse holds award.
Dowse at the 26th Annual NAACP Theater Awards on November 21, 2016.
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Dowse was widely seen on television in the ’90s, with credits on shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, The X-Files, Criminal Minds, Bones, House, Monk, Law & Order, “Gilmore Girls”, “Charmed”, “The Bernie Mac Show”, “Nip/Tuck”, “Moesha”, “Sister, Sister”, “ER”, “Step by Step”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Seinfeld” and “Full House” — among others.

Tracey told Page Six that her sister is proudest of Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story, a film she recently directed that premiered at the 2022 Pan African Film Festival in April.

“She’s won several Best Director awards at this year’s film festivals,” said Tracey. Actress Denise Dowse dies at 64

Emma Bowman

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