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DENISE Dowse has died at age 64, her sister has shared.

The star of TV’s Insecure and Grey’s Anatomy lost a battle with a “virulent form of meningitis” days after going into a coma.

Actress Denise Dowse has died at 64Getty Images – Getty

The heartbreaking news about Denise, 64, was shared by her sister, Tracey, on Instagram Saturday.

“I want to take this moment to thank our friends and family for all of the love and prayers,” she wrote.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform everyone that my sister, Denise Dowse, has gone forward to meet our family in eternal life.”

“Denise Yvonne Dowse was the most amazing sister, a consummate, illustrious actress, mentor and director.

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“She was my very best friend and final family member.

“Denise loved all of you. I know that she is watching over us with all the love she has.”

Denise earlier hospitalized due to her ailments, TMZ shared on August 9th.

Denise’s sister Tracey revealed that news late last week on Facebook, asking for prayers – per the outlet.

“I am requesting support and prayers be offered me and my sister, and my only immediate family Denise Dowse,” she said.

“She is currently in the hospital in a coma brought on by a virulent form of meningitis.

“Her doctors do not know when she will come out of the coma as it was not medically induced.”

It’s unclear where Denise is currently hospitalized, per TMZ, but her sister hopefully added she should still have “many years ahead of her.”

According to the outlet, her “condition remains the same” as of today.

The U.S. Sun has reached out to Denise’s representatives for comment.


Denise played Dr. Rhonda Pyne on Insecure from 2017 to 2020.

She earlier appeared in Season Six of Grey’s Anatomy as Lorraine Simms – the grandmother of the fictitious surgical resident Blake Simms.

In fact, the star has a massive 122 acting credits to her name per IMDB.

She graced the screen in classic features like Ray- the biopic of Ray Charles alongside Jamie Foxx– Requiem for A Dream and Coach Carter.

She also starred in Beverly Hills, 90210 as Mrs. Yvonne Teasley for 10 years and on Guardian.

Even as Denise’s resume expanded to blockbusters, she still worked the small screen – voicing the character of Officer Shirley on Nickelodeon’s Rocket Power.

She has even turned to the director’s chair, helming a civil rights-themed film Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story which is now in post-production as well as a 2004 documentary short.

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