'The Jeffersons' actor Irwin Keyes is dead

| Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 12:02
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'The Jeffersons' actor Irwin Keyes is dead

Los Angeles:  Actor Irwin Keyes, who has appeared in films like "The Jeffersons" and "The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas", has died. He was 63.

Keyes died of acromegaly, a pituitary gland disorder on Wednesday, reports variety.com.

On Wednesday, Keyes' niece, Rene Galarza, announced his death in a post to his Facebook page.

"It's with deep sympathy that I'm writing this post. Early this morning my family was informed that our beloved uncle, brother, teammate and friend, Irwin Keyes, has had his last curtain call. He is now an angel for us all and will be watching down. Our family wishes to thank all of you who have been a part of his life. He will be missed very much," Galarza wrote.

The actor appeared in a number of horror films, including "House of 1000 Corpses" and most recently, "Dahmer vs. Gacy" in 2009.

In addition to "The Jeffersons", in which he played George Jefferson's bodyguard, the actor's TV credits included "Police Squad", "Married… With Children", "Growing Pains" and a 2007 episode of "CSI".

He is survived by his wife, Tracy Fontaine, whom he married in 2008.

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