THE WORLD woke up to the news that TV icon Eddie Mekka had passed away last month.
The actor, who was just 69 years old, was best known for being on the show Laverne & Shirley.
His brother Warren told TMZ he was found dead in his Connecticut home.
Friends and neighbors became concerned when they didn't hear from Mekka for a few days and eventually called police to conduct a wellness check, per the outlet.
Warren told TMZ that his brother had recently been hospitalized for blood clots and could barely walk.
However, there's no indication his death was suspicious or that there was any foul play involved.
Despite his tragic death, his amazing career should not be forgotten as we look back at some of his biggest highlights.
Before becoming the huge star he was bound to be, Mekka began his career as a singing teacher at the Worcester County Light Opera in Massachusetts.
He was only in his early 20s when he had already established himself as a maestro.
In 1975, Mekka moved on to bigger and better things when he starred in the Broadway musical, The Lieutenant.
His role actually got him a Tony award nomination and plenty of role offers.
LOS ANGELES BABY
Just one year later, Mekka traded the East Coast for the West as he moved to Los Angeles.
There, he landed his most famous role: Carmine "The Big Ragoo" Ragusa for Laverne & Shirley.
The show was his home until 1983 when it was canceled.
He also appeared in other popular TV shows like Family Matters, Happy Days, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island,Power Rangers, and The Bold and the Beautiful.
When his role on the small screen ended, he went after his next conquest: movies.
In the early 2000s, he added A League of Their Own, Dreamgirls, Love Made Easy, and Stuck In The Past to his resume.
Although he held much smaller roles in these movies, he still became a familiar face for many.
BACK TO HIS ROOTS
Mekka juggled TV and movies so seamlessly that he decided to go back to the stage.
By the late 2000s, he had starred in Hairspray and Grease, as well as the Off-Broadway show My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm In Therapy!
He also starred as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, New York.
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