Eddie Mekka, who starred in ‘Laverne and Shirley,’ dies aged 69

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Eddie Mekka, star of the ABC sitcom Laverne and Shirley has died, aged 69.

Mekka, who played Carmine “The Big Ragu Ragusa” on the American television series Laverne and Shirley, died at his home in Newhall, California.

The news was given to TMZ, by his brother Warren Mekjian, who said Mekka died on 27 November.

Mekjian told TMZ that Mekka had been treated for blood clots in hospital recently although no cause of death has yet been revealed.

TMZ report that police were called to Mekka’s home after neighbours and friends hadn’t heard from him for a few days.

Born in Massachusetts, Mekka got one of his first breaks at the Worcester County Light Opera. He later received a Tony Award nomination in 1975 for his role in The Lieutenant.

He also had a role in the 1977 American sitcom series Blansky’s Beauties, which was a spin-off of Garry Marshall’s Happy Days.

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