Denise Dawes dies aged 64: ‘Anatomy of insecurity and passion’ star loses battle with ‘contagious meningitis’ after slipping into coma

DENIZ Dawes has died at the age of 64, her sister said.

The Insecure and Grey’s Anatomy star lost his battle with a “contagious form of meningitis” days after falling into a coma.


Actress Denise Dawes died at the age of 64, it was reported on August 13, 2022.Credit: Getty Images – Getty
She starred as Lorraine Simms in Grey's Anatomy, Self-Doubt and many others.


She starred as Lorraine Simms in Grey’s Anatomy, Self-Doubt and many others.Credit: Getty Images – Getty

The heartbreaking news about 64-year-old Denise was shared by her sister Tracy on the air of the star. Instagram Saturday.

“I want to take this moment to thank our friends and family for all the love and prayers,” she wrote on August 13, 2022.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform everyone that my sister Denise Dawes has gone to meet our family in eternal life.

“Denise Yvonne Dawes was the most amazing sister, a consummate, celebrated actress, mentor and director.”

“She was my best friend and the last member of the family.

“Denise loved all of you. I know she’s watching over us with all the love she has.”

Along with the tragic message was a photo of the actress shared by her sister.


Actor Ian Ziering, who played Steve Sanders in Beverly Hills 90210, shared a photo of Denise. his own instagram.

He recalled such fond memories of her playing the vice principal on a 90s TV series.

“It is so heartbreaking to say that Denise Dawes has passed away. Throughout the years that I worked on Beverly Hills 90210, my scenes with Denise will always be remembered with the greatest respect for her talent and fondness for the loving soul that she was.”

Another peer wrote under her sister’s devastating post: “My Tracey… and my Denise… there are no words right now.”

A third commented, “I am very sorry for your loss! She had so many fans.”

After it became known that Denise was in a coma, Viola Davis hopefully tweeted: “Cheering for you sis!!! You are an amazing actress with so much work to do. I’m praying for you”.

Vincent M. Ward of The Walking Dead commented on “pray” also after the first news.


Previously, Denise was hospitalized due to illness. TMZ first published August 9th.

Sister Denise Tracy broke the news late last week on Facebook asking for prayers.

“I ask for support and prayers for me, my sister and my only immediate family, Denise Dawes,” she wrote.

“She is currently in the hospital in a coma caused by a virulent form of meningitis.

“Her doctors do not know when she will come out of the coma as she was not induced by medication.”

Her sister then added that she had “many years ahead of her.”

The US Sun reached out to Denise’s representatives for comment during her hospitalization.


Denise played Dr. Rhonda Pine on Insecure from 2017 to 2020.

She previously appeared in the sixth season of Grey’s Anatomy as Lorraine Simms, the grandmother of fictional resident surgeon Blake Simms.

In fact, the star has 122 movie roles. IMDB.

She graced the screen with classic films such as Ray, the biopic of Ray Charles, along with Jamie Foxx, Requiem for a Dream and Coach Carter.

She also starred in Beverly Hills, 90210 as West Beverly Hills High School Vice Principal Mrs. Yvonne Teasley for 10 years—and on the television series The Guardian.

Even as Denise’s resume expanded into blockbusters, she was still working on the small screen – voicing the character Officer Shirley on Nickelodeon’s Rocket Power.

She even turned to the director’s chair, directing the civil rights theme. movie Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story, which is currently in post-production, as well as a 2004 short documentary.

The upcoming historical biopic stars Corbin Bleu and Vanessa Williams, among others.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Denise is the daughter of a naval officer. Hollywood edge.

She graduated from Norfolk State University with a BA in English and Theatre.

She was not publicly known for being married, having a private private life.

Information about funeral services is currently unknown.

Sister Tracy asked her friends and followers for “solitude and your constant prayers”, noting that she would “later provide information about her Feast of Life”.

Denise Dawes has died at the age of 64 - fans and stars such as Viola Davis flooded social media.


Denise Dawes has died at the age of 64 – fans and stars such as Viola Davis flooded social media.1 credit
On August 9, she fell into a coma due to meningitis, as previously reported by The Sun.


On August 9, she fell into a coma due to meningitis, as previously reported by Kristen Bell Tattoos.Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The Hollywood heavyweight has 122 movie roles to his credit.


The Hollywood heavyweight has 122 movie roles to his credit.Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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