Eddie Mekka, 'Laverne & Shirley' actor, dies at 69

Mekka, best known for her place as Carmine Ragusa on the sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," has died at her home in Newhall, California, her brother said.

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Eddie Mekka, best known for his role as Carmine Ragusa on the sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," has died. He was 69 years old.

Mkka died at her home in Newhall, California, her brother, Warren Mekjian, told NBC News. It was not immediately clear how he died, but Mekjian said there was no indication that his death was suspicious and that he had died on Friday or Saturday.

After "a few days after Mecca's neighbors heard of her," Mekjian said they examined her and found her body in her home, adding that she had received a call about her death on Saturday morning.

"Eddie always had a good sense of humor, a good sense of humor, a love of singing and dancing - he was very talented and very talented," said Mekjian. "You will remember me."

Mekka was best known for her role as Carmine "The Big Ragoo" Ragusa, Shirley Feeney's boyfriend in "Laverne and Shirley." The sitcom was broadcast from 1976 to 1983 on ABC.During her career, Mekka starred in about 50 TV shows and movies, including minor roles in Bill Condon's 2006 film, "Dreamgirls" and Penny Marshall's 1992 film, "A League of Their Own," according to her IMDb.

His colleague Michael McKean has remembered the late actor on social media.

"I bid farewell to Eddie Mekka this morning," McKean said on Twitter on Thursday. "A really honest guy who likes to be happy whenever things get tough. Let these people know. RIP, Eddie."

During her career, Mekka starred in about 50 TV shows and movies, including minor roles in Bill Condon's 2006 film, "Dreamgirls" and Penny Marshall's 1992 film, "A League of Their Own," according to her IMDb.

Mekka, from Worcester, Massachusetts, attended Berklee College of Music and was nominated for Tony for his outstanding role in the 1975 Broadway Music "The Lieutenant." Some of his acting credits include "The Love Boat," "It's always sunny in Philadelphia" and "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."

Mecca is survived by his daughter, Mia, two brothers, Warren and Wayne, and his sister, Lenore. During her career, Mekka starred in about 50 TV shows and movies, including minor roles in Bill Condon's 2006 film, "Dreamgirls" and Penny Marshall's 1992 film, "A League of Their Own," according to her IMDb.