Actress Vanessa Marquez, best known for her recurring role on ER as nurse Wendy Goldman, has died after she was shot and killed by policed on Thursday, August 30, she was 49.
A press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated that police were sent to conduct a welfare check on Marquez at her apartment in South Pasadena where she apparently began suffering a seizure causing the officers to call for paramedics.
The press released added that Marquez then “became uncooperative” and “appeared to be unable to care for herself.” Multiple people including officials and a mental health clinician attempted to provide medical care to Marquez for more than an hour and a half and that is when she then allegedly pointed a handgun at the police. The gun was later identified as a BB gun “described as a replica semi-automatic handgun” but when she pulled the assumed weapon, an officer shot and killed Marquez.
Marquez appeared through 27 episodes of ER and had only sporadic acting jobs since. In late 2017 she accused George Clooney, who starred on ER for five seasons, of blacklisting her, but he denied her claims.
According to reports, it was Marquez’s landlord who called police to ask for a welfare check because “it appeared that the female was gravely disabled,” and the actress had been vocal about suffering from seizures and celiac disease.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau detectives are assisting the South Pasadena Police Department in their investigation.