Vanessa Marquez, a Mexican-American actress primarily known for her roles in the 1988 drama “Stand and Deliver” and the medical drama series “ER” passed away on Thursday. Reports of her death have revealed that she was shot and killed by police after they had responded to a request for a Wellness check at the actress’ apartment in South Pasadena, California.
According to a press release, the incident occurred while officers were conducting a welfare check.
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Officers who had arrived at Marquez’s apartment on Thursday afternoon they found she “was having seizures” and called paramedics for assistance. “While speaking to her, officers became aware she was possibly suffering from mental health issues, became uncooperative, and appeared to be unable to care for herself,” a press released published by USA Today explained. “They continued to speak to her for over an hour and a half in an attempt to offer her medical care. She then armed herself with a handgun and pointed it at the officers, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred.”
Soon after the shooting occurred, officers discovered that the weapon was a BB gun and Marquez was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Last year, Marquez worked to bring attention to the Me Too movement by speaking up about her own experiences.
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In October, just on the rise of the Me Too movement, the actress made headlines when she came forward with claims that she had been “blacklisted” for speaking up about harassment during her time on set. In a series of tweets about her departure from the show, Marquez accused actors George Clooney and Noah Wiley of spouting racist and sexual rhetoric on set. “B.S.Clooney helped blacklist me when I spoke up abt harassment on ER.’women who dont play the game lose career” she tweeted in one post.
Clooney went on to deny her claims in a statement saying “I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted… I take her at her word. I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting. I was an actor and only an actor. If she was told I was involved in any decision about her career then she was lied to. The fact that I couldn’t affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn’t.”
Not much is known about Marquez and her life after her departure from “ER.” Her television credits included roles on the sketch comedy show “Culture Clash,” the drama series “Melrose Place” as well as the 2000 film “Under Suspicion.” In a bio on her Instagram page, the actress did describe herself as living with terminal Celia Disease, fibromyalgia and tagged the #seizure. In a post to her post her account, she also hashtagged the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.