Neighbors React to Actor Sherman Hemsley's Death

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 9:44pm

EL PASO - Today El Paso Police confirmed  74-year old Jefferson Hemsley, an actor from 'The Jeffersons' television show, was found dead this morning.

According to police dispatchers, a friend of Hemsley's called police when the person was unable to get in contact with the actor.

Neighbors said Hemsley was quiet around the neighborhood, but friendly.

They came outside Tuesday morning to see what was going on.

"I just saw a lot of cops and the news coming and that's when we learned Mr. Sherman had passed," said Antonio Cebellos, Hemsley's neighbor.

Cebellos said 'Hi' when he saw Hemsley, but it took him about 4 years to realize who he was.

"One day, I was thinking, I recognize him from somewhere and I googled it and I found out he was Mr. Sherman Hemsley," Cebellos said.

Neighbors said they saw Hemsley walking most of the time.  He didn't drive.  Neighbors couldn't say why he didn't drive.

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