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Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury has died. She was 96.

Her death was announced in a statement released by her family:

“The children of Dame Angela Lansbury are sad to announce that their mother died peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 AM, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, just five days shy of her 97th birthday.”

The London-born actress was famous for playing the role of Jessica Fletcher in the popular murder mystery series Murder She Wrote.

NBC reports that the TV series ran for 12 seasons, from 1984 to 1996, with Lansbury playing a widowed mystery writer whose keen observations always outwitted criminals and even the local police before the real killer would be unmasked within the hour.

Lansbury also managed to win five Tony Awards during her career on stage, most recently in 2009.

The actress also voiced the teapot character called Mrs. Pott in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame in 1996.

Image credit: NBC News

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