An actress who starred as nurse Wendy Goldman on “ER” for three years and starred in the 1988 film “Stand and Deliver” was shot dead by police at her home in South Pasadena on Thursday.
Police were conducting a welfare check on Vanessa Marquez, 49, on Thursday morning when police claim "a confrontation with a subject ensued and an officer involved shooting occurred," according to a press release issued by the South Pasadena Police Department on Thursday. Marquez, who was reportedly suffering seizures at the time, waved a weapon which turned out to be a B.B. gun at responding officers, according to KNBC4 in Los Angeles.
"She was suffering from some problems, eating disorder," Sgt. Joe Mendoza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said at the scene of the shooting, as quoted by KNBC4. "When they [police] arrived, she was suffering a seizure."
Police say a mental health clinician spoke with Marquez "for over an hour and a half in an attempt to offer her medical care," according to KNBC4. The actress responded by brandishing a B.B. gun reportedly resembling a semi-automatic firearm.
Mendoza said that it was only determined later that Mendoza's weapon was a fake.
The LA Sheriff's Department identified Marquez as a “deceased suspect” on Friday.
In addition to Marquez’ roles on the hit show "ER" and the movie "Stand and Deliver," she had guest roles on shows"Wiseguy," "Seinfeld," "Nurses" and "Melrose Place."
Last year Marquez made headlines after she accused actor George Clooney blacklisted her from “ER” in the nineties.
"Clooney helped blacklist me when I spoke up abt harassment on ER," she tweeted. "'Women who dont play the game lose career.' I did." Clooney denied the allegations.
Condolences filled social media sites such as Twitter on Friday, with many using the hashtag #RIPVanessaMarquez.
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