Dowse’s sister, Tracey Dowse, shared last week on social media that the character actor had fallen into a coma induced by “a virulent form of meningitis.” On Saturday, Tracey Dowse paid loving tribute to Denise Dowse via her sister’s Instagram page.
“Denise Yvonne Dowse was the most amazing sister, a consummate, illustrious actress, mentor and director. She was my very best friend and final family member. Denise loved all of you. I know that she is watching over us with all the love she has.”
“I am so grateful for all the calls, text messages, direct messages, and silent prayers for my sister,” she said. “We could not have made it so gracefully and painlessly without all of the prayer warriors around the world. Thank you for giving so selflessly.”
In the hit teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Denise Dowse played Mrs. Yvonne Teasley, the vice principal of West Beverly Hills High School, from 1991 to 2000. She also appeared as Judge Rebecca Damson in all three seasons of the early 2000s legal drama “The Guardian.”