Eddie Mekka, Carmine on 'Laverne & Shirley,'dood by 69

Eddie Mekka, who found fame playing CarmineThe Big RagooRagusa, on the hit series “Laverne & Shirley,” died Saturday at his home in Newhall, Kalifornië, according to his official Facebook account.

Hy was 69.
No details on his cause of death were made immediately available.
    Mekka played, Ragusa, Shirley’s love interest on the show.
      Cindy Williams who played Shirley tweeted this, “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.
        The hit series ran on ABC from 1976-1983.
        A Massachusetts native, he moved to Los Angeles and ended up garnering a Tony nomination for his lead role inThe Lieutenanton Broadway in 1975.
          Mekka also had roles onThe Love Boat,” “Family Matters,” “Guiding Light,” en “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
            CNN has reached out to Mekka’s representative for comment.

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