His brother, Warren Mekjian, confirmed Eddie’s death to Fox News digital on Thursday.
“Everybody was proud of Eddie’s accomplishments on TV and he was a funny guy,” Warren said. “Eddie always loved to dance and sing and make jokes. He always tried to make people laugh and enjoy themselves.”
Warren wasn’t sure the cause of Eddie’s death but confirmed the actor was alone at home in Newhall, California, on November 27 when police found him. Warren did reveal that six months ago, Eddie went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a blood clot.
Eddie Mekka died at 69 years old.
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Mekka, whose real name was Edward Rudolph Mekjian, was best known for playing Carmine Ragusa, Shirley Feeney’s (Cindy Williams) boyfriend on the sitcom from 1976-1983. He also had roles on “Fantasy Island,” “The Love Boat,” and later “Family Matters.”
He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in “The Lieutenant” in 1975.
Los Angeles, CA – 1976: (L-R) Penny Marshall, Eddie Mekka appearing on the Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images series "Laverne and Shirley" episode "Laverne and Shirley Move In." 11/28/78.
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Williams paid tribute to her co-star on social media. “My darling Eddie, A world-class talent who could do it all. I love you dearly. I’ll miss you so much. But oh the marvelous memories…” she tweeted.
The actor is survived by his wife Yvonne Marie Grace and daughter Mia.