How did Cindy Williams die? Laverne & Shirley actress cause of death Explained

Cindy Williams
Cindy Williams, an American actress


Cindy Williams, an actress best remembered for her part in the sitcom Laverne & Shirley from the 1970s, passed away. Let’s see, how did the actress die and her cause of death in detail.

How did Cindy Williams die?

Cindy Williams, who had a long career in show business is no more. She also appeared in movies, such as American Graffiti, a 1973 film by George Lucas.

After a brief illness, she passed away quietly last week, according to a statement from her children.

Their mother was described as “kind and hilarious” by Emily and Zak Hudson.

The family released a statement on Monday that read, in part, “Her death has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed.”

“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.”

Who was Cindy Williams?

Cindy Williams was born on August 22, 1947, in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

When she was a year old, the family relocated to Dallas, Texas, before moving back to Los Angeles when she was ten. She has a sister named Carol Ann as her only sibling.

She was married to Bill Hudson, and their marriage later ended in divorce in 2002. They had two children together. 

She played Shirley in the famous TV show, Laverne & Shirley, with Penny Marshall.

Cindy Williams
Cindy Williams with Penny Marshall (Laverne & Shirley)


Cynthia Jane Williams, an American actress and producer, best known for playing Shirley Feeney on the television sitcoms Happy Days (1975–1979) and Laverne & Shirley.

Williams’ professional career started when she landed national ads for TWA and Foster Grant eyewear.

Her earliest television appearances were parts on Room 222, Nanny and the Professor, and Love, American Style, among others.

She also had appearances in The Conversation and American Graffiti and among other decades-spanning roles in movies and on television.

Williams and Penny Marshall, who played Laverne DeFazio and Shirley, respectively, depicted two single working women in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1950s in the movie Laverne & Shirley. From 1976 through 1983, ABC broadcast the sitcom.

Williams received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a TV series for her depiction of the upbeat Shirley Feeney in the programme, which at the time was among the most watched on television.

Cindy Williams cause of death:

Cindy Williams passed away from a brief illness in Los Angeles on January 25, 2023. Her death was announced by her children through an statement released through family spokeswoman Liza Cranis.

She was 75. She was survived by her two children, daughter, Emily and a son, Zachary. Tributes flooded social media after the demise news broke out.

Tributes to Cindy Williams:

Jeff Kravitz posted,

Actress Cindy Williams famous for her role as Shirley Feeney from 70’s sitcom ‘Laverne & Shirley’ left us today. She and Penny Marshall kept us entertained way before cable. Here’s a classic run of pix featuring some of the most famous faces that every boomer will know. See if you can guess who’s who without looking at the tags.

Danny Deraney tweeted,

Sad to hear the passing of Cindy Williams. If there is an afterlife, may you and Penny be pouring a Shotz beer and Milk and Pepsi with Garry, David, Eddie and Phil.

BrooklynDad_Defiant tweeted,

Oh man, we lost another one! Cindy, aka Shirley Feeney from Laverne and Shirley, has passed at 75. RIP Cindy Williams.

Darlene Love posted,

Awww! CIndy from Laverne & Shirley passed today. I lovvvvved that show!!

Sawyer Brown posted,

Rest in peace, Cindy. Thanks for the laughs and the joy you brought a lot of people.


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