Actor Lou Myers , known to many television fans as Mr. Vernon Gaines on the hit 80s show “A Different World,” has passed away at the age of 77.

According to TMZ, Myers was hospitalized several times recently after a bout with pneumonia and collapsing in his home a few weeks after New Years.

Myers heard stopped yesterday but doctors were able to revive him before he fell into a coma and finally passed. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the official cause of death. Born on September 26, 1935  in Chesapeake, West Virginia, Lou Myers and got his star in acting on Broadway.  He as appeared in many films including “The Wedding Planner,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” and “The Fighting Temptations.” But he was best known as the ornery Mr. Vernon Gaines on the popular sitcom “A Different World.”

He is survived by his son and his 95-year-old mother.

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