AfterMASH and Friday’s TV star Brandis Kemp dead at 76 from ‘coronavirus complications’ after ‘brain cancer battle’


TELEVISION star Brandis Kemp has is dead at the age of 76 after “complications from COVID-19,” after battling brain cancer.

The actress – who has worked in Hollywood for over five decades – passed on July 4, according to THR.

According to the publication, the comic died “after a battle with brain cancer and complications from COVID-19.”

The AfterMASH star’s acting coach, Myra Turley, told the outlet that Brandis passed at her Los Feliz home surrounded by family and friends.

Brandis worked for over 50 years on numerous projects, most notably the ABC late-night variety show Fridays, starring alongside Larry David.

The entertainer further gained fame for her role as Alma Cox on the CBS MASH spinoff, AfterMASH.

Brandis made appearances on television’s top shows, including ER in 1997 and The Wonder Years in 1992.

The Northern California native also acted in Remington Steel in 1982, Grace Under Fire in 1993 and Clifford in 1994.

In addition to showing off her acting chops, the funny lady also performed standup.

She was a member of comedy group, Low Moan Spectacular, that performed in El Grande de Coca Cola and Bullshot Crummond for HBO.

Brandis was born in Palo Alto, California and moved to Los Angeles just before she booked her breakout role on Friday’s.

She later met fellow actor and future husband, Mark Blakefield.

The couple tied the knot in 1972 however, they split 15 years later and their divorce was finalized in 1987.

Mark also had recurring roles on Friday’s alongside his then-wife.

Brandis was diagnosed with glioblastoma – a malignant tumor affecting the brain – in December.

She is survived by niece Sharon Lea and nephews David and Scott Ronssee.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the TV star will be buried in her family plot at Mount Shasta Memorial Park in Mount Shasta, California.

The family told the outlet that donations can be made in Brandis’ name to the American Brain Tumor Association.


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