If you haven’t already, put on your helmet and get ready to dodge all the “he’s finally moving on up” jokes on Twitter and Facebook. TMZ says that TV icon Sherman Hemsley has gone on up to the great, big deluxe apartment in the sky (you should’ve dodged that one) today at the age of 74. Sherman died at his home in El Paso, TX and his cause of death is not known yet, but the police believe he died of natural causes.
Sherman was originally from Philadelphia, but moved to New York when he was young to work as a postal worker by day while taking acting classes at night. Sherman made his Broadway debut in Purlie and that led to Norman Lear casting him as George Jefferson on All in the Family. From there, The Jeffersons were spun off into their own show and history was made. After The Jeffersons run ended after 11 seasons, Sherman went on to star in Amen and Dinosaurs. Sherman regularly worked with his TV wife Isabel Sanford until her death in 2004.
Rest in peace, Sherman. You’re now up in heaven, dancing to Nektar with the angels.