Actor Lou Myers, best known for his role as Mr. Gaines on the television series A Different World, has died.

Tonia McDonald of Myers’ nonprofit, Global Business Incubation Inc., says Myers died Tuesday night at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. She said he was 76.

McDonald said Wednesday that Myers had been in-and-out of the hospital since before Christmas and collapsed recently. She says an autopsy was planned.

A native of Chesapeake, W.Va., Myers had returned to the state and lived in the Charleston area.

His TV credits included NYPD Blue, E.R., The Cosby Show, Touched by an Angel, and more. He also appeared in a number of films, including Tin Cup, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Wedding Planner and more.

A Different World ran from 1987-93 and originally starred Lisa Bonet from Cosby fame.

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