WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Former “ER” actress Vanessa Marquez was shot and killed by South Pasadena police on Thursday.
- Marquez pulled a BB gun on officers, which they thought was a semi-automatic weapon.
- The officers were in her South Pasadena apartment for a welfare check when the incident happened.
Actress Vanessa Marquez was shot and killed by police on Thursday, Lt. Joe Mendoza of the South Pasadena Police Department confirmed on Friday. Marquez was best known for her role as nurse Wendy Goldman on the TV hit series “ER” from 1994 to 1997.
South Pasadena police were called to Marquez’s apartment on Fremont Avenue by her landlord to do a welfare check. The Los Angeles County sheriff’s department said it was not the first time the police had been called to check on her.
When the officers arrived around noon, she was having seizures. Paramedics and a mental health clinician were called.
According to a police statement received by USA Today on Friday, the 49-year-old actress appeared to be “gravely disabled”
“While speaking to her, officers became aware she was possibly suffering from mental health issues, became uncooperative, and appeared to be unable to care for herself,” the statement read.
“They continued to speak to her for over an hour and a half in an attempt to offer her medical care. She then armed herself with a handgun and pointed it at the officers, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred,” the press release continued.
Marquez pulled a BB gun at the officers, who thought she was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. An officer opened fire and she was hit in the torso. Marquez later died at the hospital.
Marquez accused George Clooney, her “ER” co-star, of blacklisting her after she complained of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.
“Clooney helped blacklist me when I spoke up [about] harassment on ER. ’women who don’t play the game lose career’ I did,” she wrote on Twitter last October.
Clooney responded by issuing a statement saying he had nothing to do with the “ER” casting.
“I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted. I take her at her word. I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting. I was an actor and only an actor,” Clooney said.
Marquez shared on social media about her health problems—that she was suffering from immune disorders, including celiac disease. She even said that she was diagnosed as “terminal.”
She also appeared in the 1988 teacher drama “Stand and Deliver.”