Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

'ER' Actress Vanessa Marquez Shot and Killed by Cops

'ER' Actress Vanessa Marquez Shot and Killed by Cops

Vanessa Marquez has sadly died at the age of 49.

According to reports, police in South Pasadena, California, were performing a welfare check on Marquez when she allegedly "threatened them with a realistic-looking BB gun", causing them to fatally shoot her.

Police opened fire when, at 10pm BST (2pm local time), Ms Marquez pointed in the officers' direction a weapon they said looked like a semiautomatic handgun.

Three police officers and a mental health care worker spend 90 minutes trying to help Marquez, but she was 'extremely uncooperative, ' it is claimed.

Lt. Mendoza said the woman believed to be Marquez at the scene of her death was "undergoing some medical problems, some seizures, it appeared that the female was gravely disabled..."

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is now investigating the incident, which is routine for all officer-involved shootings. According to her IMDb page, Marquez's acting career slowed greatly in the 2000s.

Marquez also wrote on social media that she was suffering from immune disorders, including celiac disease.

After leaving ER in 1997, Marquez famously accused her costar George Clooney of "blacklisting her", after she complained to producers about being harassed on set.

Clooney later denied that he had any part in the apparent blacklisting of Marquez.

"I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted", Clooney said in a statement.

Sadly in recent years Marquez was better known for her off screen drama. I had nothing to do with casting.

"I take her at her word", he told US Weekly in 2017. "The fact that I couldn't affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn't". She also played the role of Ana Delgado in the 1988 film "Stand and Deliver", and appeared in the flicks "Night Children" and "Blood In, Blood Out", among others. 'I was an actor and only an actor. Marquez appeared in a 2005 episode of A&E's Intervention for OCD, addiction to shopping, and depression. That Twitter account is dominated by retweets that are critical of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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