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Lou Myers, who played Mr. Gaines on A Different World, has died.

Myers passed away on February 19 at Charleston Medical Center in West Virginia after undergoing a heart-related emergency and falling into a coma.

He had previously been hospitalized in December for pneumonia.

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A Different World ran from 1987-1993 and was conceived as a spinoff from The Cosby Show, in which the characters attended a historically black university.


Myers starred on the show alongside Lisa Bonet and Jada Pinkett.

In his later years, Myers would also make memorable appearances in The Wedding Planner, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Tin Cup and All About the Andersons.