Eddie Mecca, star of ‘Laverne & Shirley’, dies at 69 – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Actress Eddie Mecca, best known for playing Carmine Ragusa in the sitcom “Laverne & Shirley”, has died at the age of 69.

FILE – Eddie Mecca at the 4th Annual TV Land Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, March 19, 2006 (Getty Images)

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Mecca died Saturday at his home in Newhall at the age of 69, according to Pat Benti, Mecca’s friend and classmate at Berklee College of Music.

“It is with deep regret that we share the passing of our beloved Eddie Mecca with you,” Benti wrote on Facebook.

Mecca played Carmine throughout the play of “Laverne & Shirley” from 1976 to 1983 and also appeared in episodes of “Family Matters”, “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island”. Mecca was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in “The Lieutenant”.

Like Carmine, Mecca portrayed the high school girlfriend of “Laverne & Shirley” co-star Cindy Williams.

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“My beloved Eddie, a world-class talent who knew it all,” Williams wrote on Twitter Thursday. “I love you dearly. I’ll miss you so much. But oh, those wonderful memories.”

FILE – Penny Marshall and Eddie Mecca star in the series “Laverne & Shirley” on November 28, 1978. (Getty Images)

Williams also posted a video with clips from the show with Mecca, including several that showed his singing and dancing skills.

Actor Michael McKeon, who played Lenny in “Laverne & Shirley,” remembered Mecca as “a really good guy and supplier of cheers every time things got cheerful.”

Penny Marshall, who played Laverne in the program, died in 2018. David Lander, who portrayed McKeon’s friend Squiggy, died last year.

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(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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