The news of Denise Dowse's death was announced on Saturday by her loving sister Tracey Dowse in a heartfelt Instagram post.
Actress Denise Dowse, most famous for her roles in Insecure and Beverly Hills, 90210, has passed away after a battle with viral meningitis at the age of 64. Her sister Tracey Dowse announced her death on Saturday via a post on Instagram.
Dowse's former co-stars also expressed their condolences in their own statements. Dowse's sister first shared that her sister was ill earlier this month. At the time, fans wrote in with thoughts and prayers for her speedy recovery. The actress will be deeply missed, as she played iconic roles in productions such as Requiem for a Dream, Ray, and Coach Carter, Good Morning America reports.
"I want to take this moment to thank our friends and family for all of the love and prayers," Tracey wrote on Instagram. "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." She continued to describe her sister, who she adored. She shared, "Denise Yvonne Dowse was the most amazing sister, a consummate, illustrious actress, mentor, and director. 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."
Her sister added that she was grateful for "all the calls, text messages, direct messages, and silent prayers for" Dowse. "We could not have made it so gracefully and painlessly without all of the prayer warriors around the world," she affirmed. "Thank you for giving so selflessly. I love you." Nonetheless, Tracey requested for privacy during this difficult period of time. Therefore, fans expressed their condolences in comments on Instagram. One Instagram user posted, "I am sending you so much love and graceful healing at this time. I am so sad. I love and appreciate your beautiful sister. Always. Thank you so much, Tracey."
Dowse's co-stars also shared their condolences. "This is insanely heartbreaking," actor Ian Ziering wrote. "Throughout all my years working on 'Beverly Hills 90210,' my scenes with Denise will always be remembered with the utmost in respect for her talent, and fondness for the loving soul she was. Some of my heartiest off-camera laughs were between [her] and I... My sincere condolences to her family, and all others to who she was dear. God bless you, Denise." Tracee Ellis Ross added, "Oh, how I loved you. And oh, you were so loved! Thank you for all that you shared with me, from 'Girlfriends' to 'blackish!'" Dowse's Celebration of Life information is expected shortly.