By Edis Rune
Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local
On Sunday, Shelley Morrison, who played the iconic Rosario Salazar, has passed away from suffering a heart failure after an illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, at the age of 83, according to Pop Culture.
Morrison joined the cast of Will & Grace since 1999, which she was featured in 68 episodes until 2006. She never returned for the reboot that aired from 2017, and its final season will air in 2020. Fans were devastated when they heard the news about what happened to Shelley, so they took it to social media and expressed their grievances.
Eric McCormack, who stars as Will Truman published a tweet on Sunday night after her death was known, “Shelley was a beautiful soul & a wonderful actor. Her work as Rosario, season after season, was as nuanced and real as it was hysterical. She will be missed by everyone at #WillAndGrace, she’s a huge part of it. Sending so much love to Walter and Shelley’s whole family.”
Debra Messing took her condolences to Instagram and posted a scene of one of Morrison’s acting chops, “Oh Shelley… what a loss. Our dear Rosario has passed on. Shelley had a career that spanned decades, but she will always be our dear Rosie. She was a kind soul with a huge heart and always had a smile on her face. All my love to Walter and the entire family #shelleymorrison[.]”
Creators David Kohan, Max Mutchnick as well as producer/director James Burrows, together made a statement in regards to Shelley’s passing in an Instagram post from NBC’s @nbcwillandgrace, “…Every week, she brought her unique, razor-sharp wit, intelligence, and humanity to her work, making Rosario Salazar the fierce and feisty fan favorite that she was…”
Shelley has always been active on her social media, and a couple of days before her death, she tweeted a heartfelt tweet to Congressman Eric Swalwell, “Thank you for all that you do to represent us. Our family follows you daily. Blessings to you and your beautiful family.”
One day after her death, Congressman Eric Swalwell gave out his condolences to the actress, and then her loved ones responded to his tweet.