Police Academy star Marion Ramsey has died aged 73.
The comedy actress’ management confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon – although no cause of death has been determined. However, Deadline reported that she had been ill recently.
Marion was best known for playing Officer Laverne Hooks in “Police Academy”. The star’s signature role came in the 1984 hit starring Steve Guttenberg. Her high pitched voice and comedic timing made her character a star in the film.
“Police Academy” was such a success, five sequels occurred over the next five years with Marion appearing in each one.
She also appeared on the 1978 hit Broadway show “Eubia!”
Marion, who was born in Philadelphia, began her stage career just four years ago, performing in productions of “Hello, Dolly!” The artist went on to perform alongside theater legend Bette Davis in the musical “Miss Moffat” – which went on to become a huge flop.
Around this time, Marion moved from stage to screen and played a guest role in a 1976 episode of “The Jefferson’s.”