Will & Grace actress Shelly Morrison passed away at the age of 83 on Sunday, December 1.
The 83-year-old actress’ husband, Walter Dominguez, issued a statement about her passing: “[Shelley] passed in Los Angeles this morning at 5:42 am at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from heart failure, after a brief illness. Shelley had recently celebrated her 83rd birthday.”
“Shelley’s greatest pride as an actress was in playing the indomitable Rosario, in a comedy series that furthered the cause of social equity and fairness for LGBTQ people,” Dominguez’s statement continued. “She also took pride in portraying a strong, loving yet feisty Latina character. She believed that the best way to change hearts and minds was through comedy.”
After the news about her passing was revealed publicly, Will & Grace star Sean Hayes shared his condolences and shared a sentimental message about Morrison on Instagram.
“Such sad news. Our beloved Shelley Morrison passed away today. She was absolutely hilarious and had the biggest heart,” Hayes captioned his Instagram post. “She was a part of our Will and Grace family and will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to her husband, Walter and her entire family.”
Jersey Shore star Jenny “JWoww” Farley commented on Hayes’ post, “No my heart breaks.”
“She was so brilliant,” Will & Grace actor Brian Jordan Alvarez commented. “Her star shines on!”
Scott Icenogle, Hayes’ partner, who composes and produces music for Will & Grace also shared his condolences on Twitter. “So sad to hear of this news,” he wrote. “Shelley Morrison was a beloved member of the “Will & Grace” family. She will be sorely missed.”
American Horror Story star Adina Porter offered her condolences. “#RIP Shelley Morrison. Thoughts and prayers to her family & friends. Such a long career. A true “working actor.” She will be missed.”
Also, Debra Messing honored Morrison with a heartfelt message on Instagram. “Oh, Shelley… what a loss. Our dear Rosario has passed on. Shelley had a career that spanned decades, but she will always be our dear Rosie,” She captioned her post. “All my love to Walter and the entire family. #shelleymorrison”
The beloved actress was most known for her role as Rosario Salazar on Will & Grace. Morrison appeared in the sitcom’s original run and was slated to reprise her role in the Will & Grace revival for a single episode. The 83-year-old star starred in 60 episodes during the NBC sitcom’s initial eight-season run. Morrison is survived by her husband and her loved ones, “including children and grandchildren, who were adopted through traditional Native American ceremony.”
#RIP Shelley Morrison. Thoughts and prayers to her family & friends. Such a long career. A true “working actor.” She will be missed.
— Adina Porter (@AdinaPorter) December 2, 2019