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Eddie Mekka, veteran star of the stage and display screen, has died on the age of 69. The multi-talented performer, who rose to fame within the Seventies via Happy Days spinoff Laverne & Shirley, handed away on Nov. 27 at his residence in Newhall, California, as revealed by buddy and fellow Berklee College of Music alum Pat Benti in a tribute post on Facebook.
In his submit, Benti requested that any inquires about Mekka’s dying “be withheld during his family’s time of grief”, nevertheless, he did welcome followers to “share your memories of Eddie and your condolences to his family on his fan page.” He concluded, “Rest In Peace Eddie. We had some fun.”
Mekka is most recognized for a technology as Carmine, the Tony Bennett-loving crooner boyfriend of Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams) on Laverne & Shirley, which ran from 1976-1983. His fame and recognition from that position ensured he remained a fixture on American tv within the many years since, showing in visitor or recurring spots on numerous different hit sequence, corresponding to 24, ER and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Away from the display screen, Mekka loved a prolific profession on stage, with the spotlight being his run on The Lieutenant on Broadway, which earned him a Tony Award and straight led to his Laverne casting. He later took half in revivals of Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof and Grease reverse Cindy Williams.
Mekka’s passing comes a 12 months after the lack of his Laverne & Shirley co-star David Lander, who performed Andrew “Squiggy” Squiggman. Actress and director Penny Marshall, who performed Laverne DeFazio, additionally died in 2018. This leaves Williams and Michael McKean (Lenny Kosnowski) as the one two surviving members of the principle solid of the sequence. Alongside Robin Williams car Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley was probably the most profitable of the seven spinoffs Happy Days spawned.
He is survived by his spouse Yvonne and daughter Mia.