Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

'ER,' 'Stand and Deliver' actress Vanessa Marquez shot dead by police

'ER,' 'Stand and Deliver' actress Vanessa Marquez shot dead by police

The woman, Vanessa Marquez, a series regular actress on NBC's hit drama "ER" from 1994-1997, was shot and killed by a South Pasadena Police Department officer during a welfare check early Thursday afternoon.

The Stand and Deliver actress was taken to hospital where she died of her injuries.

Sheriff's Homicide Lt Joe Mendoza said police realised Ms Marquez's gun was just a replica when it was seized from her house.

South Pasadena officers and a mental health specialist were called to the home at around 11:45 a.m. after the landlord had called concerned about the woman's well-being, police said.

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They group began to try to communicate with the woman, Mendoza said, but she was very uncooperative. Police later recovered a BB gun that Mendoza said "resembled a semi-automatic handgun". She later claimed that she was blacklisted from the industry by then-star George Clooney, who she accused of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident, which is routine for all officer-involved shootings that occur in cities within LA County. When they arrived on scene, they discovered Marquez suffering seizures and called for paramedics.

In addition to ER, Marquez appeared in the 1992 episode Seinfeld "The Cheever Letters" and in three episodes of the Bryan Cranston starring sitcom Malcolm in the Middle in 1999. Marquez's Twitter account was later suspended, and in an August 8 Facebook post, she alleged that it was suspended because she called out Clooney, a friend of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter at the time, Mr. Clooney said that at no point did he ever play a role in casting. She also appeared in the 1998 teacher drama Stand and Deliver. She also alleged that cast members Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle and Julianna Marguiles had been racially insensitive on set. "May she rest in eternal peace", La Salle, who played Dr. Peter Benton, wrote. She stated that she was blacklisted soon after reporting her accusations to a producer on the show. "The fact that I couldn't affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn't".

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