Denise Dowse, ‘Insecure’ and “Beverly Hills 90210,” actress, passes away at the age of 64

Denise Dowse was recently stricken with an induced coma caused by a severe kind of Meningitis.

Denise Dowse, 'Insecure' and "Beverly Hills 90210," actress, passes away at the age of 64

Denise Dowse

Denise Dowse, an actress who played the role of Denise Dowse as a character in “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Insecure” among multiple other films and TV credits, passed away. She was 64 years old.

Her sister Tracey posted the announcement in a post on Instagram in a post that reads, “It is with a deeply sad heart that I announce to all of you that my sibling Denise Dowse has gone forward to join our family in the eternal world. Denise Yvonne Dowse was the most beautiful sister, a superb talented director, actress, and mentor. She was my absolute favorite friend and my final friend of the family.”

Dowse was recently in an induced coma caused by a severe type of the meningitis. The news was first announced by her sister about her health issues on her Facebook page on August 5.

“I try to keep my spirit up and be there for those in need. Many of you are aware I am a very private person. Therefore, this is difficult for me. I’m asking for prayers and support for my sister and me and my one and only family Denise Dowse,” Trace Dowse wrote. “Her doctors aren’t sure what time she will be from a coma since it was not medically caused. She is a vivacious actor and director who will be able to enjoy many years ahead of her. Prayers, thoughts, and prayers are appreciated greatly.”

Dowse’s career in screen acting dates through the 1980’s. She is well-known for her recent appearance on the TV show “Insecure” as a therapist who plays the Dr. Rhonda Pine. She also played a recurring part on “Beverly Hills, 90210” as vice principal Yvonne Teasley, appearing in 24 episodes of the Fox show.

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Born on February. 21st, 1958, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dowse graduated from Norfolk State University before beginning her acting career on screen. Her first screen credit was in 1989 when she made only one episode of the television series “Almost There!”

Her notable film credits include “Bio-Dome,” “Starship Troopers,” “A Civil Action,” “Ray,” “Coach Carter” and “The Call.” Dowse was also a frequent guest on television shows in the last 30 years, including appearances in “Seinfield,” “Full House,” “Murphy Brown,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Chicago Hope,” “ER,” “The West Wing,” “House,” and “Castle.”

The family of her deceased sister Tracey.

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