“A Different World” Star Lou Myers Dies After Suffering Health Complications

Lou Myers smilingLou Myers, the actor most popularly known for playing Mr. Vernon Gaines on the NBC television series A Different World, has died, according to the Associated Press. According to reports, the actor died at Charleston Medical Center in West Virginia after undergoing a heart-related emergency and falling into a coma.

In December 2012, Myers was hospitalized for pneumonia. He was 77.

Myers, a Chesapeake, W.Va native, lived in the Charleston area.

Myers career credits also include stints on NYPD Blue, E.R. and The Cosby Show. He also appeared in multiple films, including How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Wedding Planner.

Myers appeared on Broadway as well, including productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple.

Myers had once stated that he owed his successful career to Bill Cosby.

In 2005, the Appalachian Education Initiative listed Myers as one of 50 “Outstanding Creative Artists” from the state of West Virginia and featured him in their coffee table book Art & Soul.

Myers was chairman of Global Business Incubation that helps urban small businesses and chairman of the Lou Myers Scenario Motion Picture Institute/Theatre.

Myers is survived by his mother and a son.