Lou Myers, best known for playing Mr. Vernon Gaines on the hit 80’s show A Different World has died according to the president of his non-profit organization. He was 77. Myers suffered from pneumonia and was hospitalized last December but was released on New Years. He went back to the hospital following a collapse at his home and stayed there. Doctors were able to revive him after his heart stopped yesterday but they couldn’t save him once more.

Myers died at the Charleston Medical Center in West Virginia. He is survived by his son and 95-year old mother. He will be given a military burial. Watch one of his best scenes during the “Mammy Dearest” episode here (2:30).

[via TMZ]