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'A Different World' actor Lou Myers dies

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Lou Myers as Vernon Gaines on "A Different World.

Actor Lou Myers, who played Vernon Gaines on "The Cosby Show" spin-off "A Different World," has died. He passed away Tuesday, his manager, Ric Beddingfield, confirmed to TODAY.com.

Tonia McDonald, the president of Myers' nonprofit organization, Global Business Incubation Inc., told the Associated Press that the actor passed away at the Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. She said he was 76 years old.

Myers' "A Different World" character worked at The Pit on the NBC sitcom, which ran from 1987 to 1993. The show originally starred Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable, the second daughter of Cliff and Claire Huxtable, and followed her life at the fictional Hillman College. Bonet left the show after season one, but the sitcom went on to collect three Emmy nominations and various awards.

Myers also had roles in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "The Wedding Planner," "Tin Cup," "The Cosby Show" and more.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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