Doris Roberts, the beloved actress who played the meddling mother next door on “Everybody Loves Raymond“, has died. She was 90.
The cause of death has not yet been released. It is unknown if the actress had any health problems or if her health declined in the recent months. According to People, Roberts is survived by her son, Michael Cannata, daughter-in-law, Jane and 3 grandchildren.
“We’re deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Doris Roberts. She was a gifted and talented actress who was beloved by audiences that saw her on every screen and stage. And to those who worked with her, Doris will be remembered for lighting up every room she walked into with an unparalleled combination of energy, humour, warmth and even a little bit of grit. We were so privileged to have her call CBS home for so many years. She will be greatly missed,” said CBS in a statement.
Throughout her illustrious career, Roberts won 5 Emmy Awards – 4 of which went for her role as Raymond’s mother, Marie Barone, on the CBS long-running comedy series from 1996 to 2005. She won her 5th Emmy playing a homeless woman in a guest role on NBC’s medical drama “St. Elsewhere”.
Some of Roberts’ famous co-stars and friends have taken to social media to mourn the actress. See their heartfelt tweets here:
To my beloved Marie – RIP. pic.twitter.com/TtZCySQnLK
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) April 18, 2016
— Phil Rosenthal (@PhilRosenthal) April 18, 2016
Ugh. Rest in peace #DorisRoberts you will always be the gold standard of comedic excellence.
— emma caulfield (@emmacaulfield) April 18, 2016
#RIP to one of my ultimate favorites, Doris Roberts. We spoke at length about ageism in Hollywod & I'm proud to say I think she overcame it.
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) April 18, 2016
❤️keep them safe for me up there pic.twitter.com/TkM9K7Xa1P
— Madylin Sweeten (@REALAllyBarone) April 19, 2016
“Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Ray Romano, who played Roberts’ TV son for 9 seasons, expressed his condolences saying, “Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me. She never stopped. Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a young, green comic trying to make it as an actor, she did it all with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly.”
Rest in peace, Roberts. Everybody loves Raymond, and truly, everybody loves Doris.