Sherman Hemsley dead, 'Jeffersons' star was 74 | Newsday
On Facebook Tuesday, Joyce Ladner , a former interim president of Howard University, posted a notice about the death of actor Sherman Hemsley of television's "The Jeffersons" and praised him as "out and proud. The blog post the retired administrator referenced never offered evidence that Hemsley was gay, although it said, " [Hemsley], who never married, was reportedly an out and proud gay man. He had no children. Hemsley, who was 74, died in his El Paso, Texas, home the day after Sally Ride , the first American woman to go into space, succumbed after a month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Credit: AP, Sherman Hemsley , best known as sourpuss George Jefferson who moved uptown and into TV history, died Tuesday at age He had been living in El Paso , Texas. The cause of death was not immediately released. One of TV's biggest and most beloved stars during "The Jeffersons" year run, he and co-star Isabel Sanford were also arguably the biggest success stories to emerge from " All in the Family " -- both starred in only a handful of episodes in the early '70s.
I mentioned that last part because in his life and also in death; it is speculated that Mr. Hemsley was homosexual. VH1 had him listed as a top black gay actor on its lists in which was never rebuffed by Hemsley.