Cindy Williams, Best Known as One Half of ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ Passes Away at Age 75
In one memorable episode of the popular ABC sitcom Laverne & Shirley, Laverne (played by the late Penny Marshall) wrote a beautiful poem about her friend and roommate Shirley (Cindy Williams). The episode centers around Shirley falling in love with the beatnik subculture that rose to fame in the early 1950s. Laverne was less enamored with the vibes, but she gave it her all.
“My best friend is Shirley Feeney, the best in all the land. Whenever we’re in trouble, we face it hand in hand. We laugh when we are happy, we cry when we are sad. We talk when we are lonely, just to know her makes me glad. If I had one wish in life, I know what it would be. I’d have Shirl as my best friend, for all eternity.”
This is especially lovely now that it was announced Cindy Williams passed away at the age of 75. Here’s what we know about her cause of death.
What was Cindy Williams’s cause of death?
In a statement made to People Magazine by Cindy Williams’s children shared the news of their mother’s death.
“The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed,” they said. “Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved.”
I did not know Cindy Williams but boy did I adore her work, especially the wacky joyful funny pleasure of watching her Laverne and Shirley days. I pray she had a good life and send my sympathy to those who knew and loved her. #RIPCindyWilliams— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) January 31, 2023
They went on to say, “We have always been, and will remain, SO proud of her for many things… her lifelong mission to rescue animals, her prolific artistry, her faith, and most of all, her ability to make the world laugh! May that laughter continue in everyone, because she would want that. Thank you for loving our mom, she loved you too.”
She passed away after a “brief Illness,” per the Associated Press.
Cindy Williams is survived by her children Emily and Zak Hudson, whom she shared with Bill Hudson.
Up until her death, Cindy Williams shared a close relationship with her children, Emily (40) and Zak (36) Hudson, whose dad is guitarist Bill Hudson, the biological father of Kate and Oliver. Cindy and Bill were married from 1982 until their divorce in 2000.