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Eddie Mekka dead at 69: Laverne & Shirley actor passes away as fans pay tribute to The Big Ragu


ACTOR Eddie Mekka from the show Laverne & Shirley has died aged 69.

The star passed away on November 27 at his home in Newhall, California. No cause of death has yet been given.

Eddie Mekka arrives at the Paramount Pictures premiere of "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star," to benefit the Chris Farley Foundation. (Photo by Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Eddie Mekka arrives at the Paramount Pictures premiere of “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” to benefit the Chris Farley Foundation. (Photo by Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images)Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Mekka began his career in 1975, where he starred in Broadway musical The Lieutenant.

He won a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical following his debut.

Mekka then moved to Los Angeles where he was cast in Laverne & Shirley – a Happy Days spin-off.

He played Shirley’s high school sweetheart, The Big Ragu, and was involved in a steamy on-again, off-again romance.

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