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Vanessa Marquez Dead - Former 'ER' Actress Shot & Killed By Police at 49

Vanessa Marquez Dead - Former 'ER' Actress Shot & Killed By Police at 49

Vanessa Marquez has sadly died at the age of 49.

The actress, best known for her role as nurse Wendy Goldman on ER, was shot and killed by police in South Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday (August 30), authorities confirmed to Variety.

According to the report, officers were called to her home to check on her welfare. When they arrived, she was suffering from seizures and appeared unable to take care of herself. Officers called both paramedics and a mental health clinician, and continued to talk with her. After about 90 minutes, she armed herself with a BB gun and pointed it at the officers, causing them to open fire according to Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.

Last October, Vanessa made the allegation she was blacklisted from ER by co-star George Clooney after complaining of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

Our thoughts are with Vanessa‘s loved ones at this time.

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  • Curt Noydb

    Suicide by cop. Asta La vista baby

  • Danae

    Oh my, I think there’s so much to this story we don’t know. So hard to understand.

  • plez

    Yes like how after 90 minutes does the police allow her to arm herself with a BB gun.

  • KS_in_TP

    WELL, this is a bizarre story.

  • Jezza

    They killed her over a bb gun??????

  • Anna

    Wait, what??? How does that make any sense? That’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever heard.
    1. What were the officers doing there for 90 whole minutes instead of calling in the paramedics so she could go to the hospital? Police and mental health patients don’t mix. They’re not doctors, the paramedics should have been the one to talk to her or help with her seizures.
    2. How on earth do they allow someone who can’t take care of herself, and having seizures go from that state to grabbing a B.B. gun? What the heck were they doing? Did they leave her alone in a room or allow her to walk around?
    3. Why would they shoot someone over a B.B. gun? Whatever happened to using a taser?

    Need more information and body cam video. That entire report is a mess.