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R.I.P. Cindy Williams of Laverne & Shirley

According to The Hollywood ReporterLaverne & Shirley star Cindy Williams died in Los Angeles Wednesday (January 25th) following a brief illness. She was 75 years old.

Her children, Zak and Emily Hudson released a statement on Monday (January 30th):

“The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed. Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous, and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved.”

1976: Penny Marshall (left) and Cindy Williams star as Laverne and Shirley, two working girls employed in a Milwaukee brewery in the 1960s. The new ABC comedy series, “Laverne and Shirley,” premieres January 27. Laverne and Shirley first appeared in an episode of ABC’s “Happy Days.” 1976 Press Photo Penny Marshall And Cindy Williams Star In Laverne And Shirley © Milwaukee Journal Sentinel files, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Williams starred in films such as Travels With My AuntAmerican Graffiti, and The Conversation. She is most known for her role on Laverne & Shirley, which debuted on January 26th, 1976, and was the highest-rated series for the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons.