Georgia Engel, the actress known for her sweet and high pitched voice, has passed away. She was 70 years old.
According to reports, Engel passed away on Friday, April 12. While not very much information is known at this time surrounding her death, reports state that her friend and executor John Quilty shared with The New York Times that Engel, "a Christian Scientist, didn’t consult doctors and her cause of death is undetermined at this time."
Engel began her decades-long acting career in the theater. She made it to Broadway when playing a role in "Hello, Dolly!" in 1969. Her most recent time on stage was just last year when she starred in the musical "Half Time" in New Jersey.
Georgia, however, will be remembered best as Georgette Franklin on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." The hit show ran from 1972 until 1977.
According to PEOPLE, some of Engel's other acting credits include, "Mitzi Maloney in The Betty White Show (1977-78), Loretta Smoot in "Goodtime Girls" (1980), Susan Elliot in "Jennifer Slept Here" (1983-84), Shirley Burleigh in "Coach" (1991-97), and Pat MacDougall in "Everybody Loves Raymond" (2003-05), among others. Most recently, Engel had guest roles in "The Office" (2012) and "Two and a Half Men" (2012) and appeared as Mamie in "Hot in Cleveland" (2012-15), according to her IMDb"
Engel's long-time friend and fellow actress Betty White issued a statement after learning of her passing. “Georgia was one of a kind and the absolute best,” White shared.
Back in 2012, White also spoke of her fondness of Georgia and said, “You don’t get a chance very often in your life to meet a friend like Georgia, let alone an actress that you’re working with, and to suddenly find pure gold. That’s a privilege.”
Engel is survived by her sisters Robin Engel and Penny Lusk. Our hearts go out to those who are mourning her death and we pray for the Lord's comfort to surround them during this difficult time.