Marion Ramsey: Police Academy and Broadway star dies at 73

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Marion Ramsey, best known for her acting in the American film series Police Academy, has died at the age of 73, her agent has announced.

Her management at Roger Paul Inc told the BBC she died at her Los Angeles home on Thursday morning.

The agency said Ramsey had recently fallen ill, but did not give a cause of death.

Ramsey was adored by fans for her portrayal of the squeaky-voiced Officer Laverne Hooks in Police Academy.

She also had an illustrious career on Broadway, starring in the 1978 production Eubie!, a biographical musical about celebrated jazz pianist Eubie Blake.

"Her passion for performing and sharing her heart with the world was immense," Roger Paul Inc said in a statement.

"Marion carried with her a kindness and permeating light that instantly filled a room upon her arrival.

"The dimming of her light is already felt by those who knew her well. We will miss her, and always love her."

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