According to her family, the Beverly Hills, 90210 star died on August 13. The news came just days after she was admitted to the hospital with severe meningitis. She was 64 years old.
“It is with a heavy heart that I inform everyone that my sister, Denise Dowse, has passed on to meet our family in eternal life,” Tracey Dowse wrote on her sister’s Instagram page. “Denise Yvonne Dowse was an incredible sister, an accomplished and illustrious actress, mentor, and director. She was my last family member and best friend. Denise adored each and every one of you. I know she is watching over us with all of her love. I respectfully request privacy and your continued prayers.”
Denise’s medical condition was previously revealed by Tracey in an emotional Instagram post.
“I am requesting support and prayers for my sister, Denise Dowse, and my only immediate family,” she wrote on Aug. 9. “She is currently in the hospital in a coma caused by a severe case of meningitis. Her doctors are unsure when she will awaken because her coma was not medically induced.”
She went on, “She is a dynamic actor and director with many years ahead of her. Thoughts, prayers, and financial assistance are greatly appreciated.”
Denise is best known for her roles as Mrs. Teasley on the teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210, which aired for ten seasons in the 1990s. Denise most recently appeared as Dr. Rhonda Pine in HBO’s Insecure.
She appeared in a number of films as well as TV shows, including Starship Troopers, Pleasantville, Dr. Dolittle 2, Requiem for a Dream, Eulogy, Ray, and others.