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Two And A Half Men star Conchata Ferrell dies aged 77

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Ferrell peacefully passed on October 12 due to complications following a cardiac arrest, according to Deadline. "She was our first home-grown star", Circle Repertory Theatre's founding artistic director, Marshall W. Mason, said in a statement to The Times.

Conchata Ferrell played Berta the housekeeper on Two And A Half Men.

The actress landed herself in hospital in May after feeling ill, and sources said at the time the illness was related to an infection she battled back in December.

Following the news of Ferrell's death, Sheen took to social media to pay tribute to the late actress, writing: "an absolute sweetheart a consummate pro a genuine friend a shocking and painful loss".

"Berta's gruff exterior was an invention of the writers", he wrote.

TMZ reported Ferrell spent just a few days in hospital before suffering her cardiac arrest, which lasted for around 10 minutes.

"I liked the material very much", she once told reporters in 2014. But it was her acclaimed role in Lanford Wilson's off-Broadway play "Hot l Baltimore" that landed her a part in Lear's short-lived TV adaptation of the work for ABC, among a slew of other one-off TV credits.

During her stay in ICU she went into cardiac arrest at one point, and was then relocated to a long-term treatment centre, where she was on a respirator and dialysis. Film roles included Erin Brockovich, Edward Scissorhands, and Krampus. "Chatty's warmth and vulnerability were her real strengths", he posted on Twitter.

Ferrell soldiered through more than a decade on "Two and a Half Men", playing opposite Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer until Sheen was sacked from the sitcom for erratic behavior that included publicly insulting producer Chuck Lorre. She was also nominated for her role in L.A. Law. This role would earn her two Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy nominations in 2005 and 2007.

"I'm crying for the woman I'll miss, and the joy she brought so many".

She tied the knot with her other half Arnie in 1986 and the couple share a daughter named Samantha, 38.

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