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Eddie Mekka, ‘Laverne & Shirley’s’ Carmine, Dies @ 69

Just 69 years old, Eddie Mekka — most famous as Laverne & Shirley's resident belter Carmina The Big Ragu Ragusa — died at his Newhall, California, home on November 27. I met Mekka about 10 years ago at an autograph show (Image by Matthew Rettenmund) No cause was given. A friend announced, "R.I.P. Big Ragu: It…
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David L. Lander, ‘Laverne & Shirley’s’ Squiggy, Dies @ 73

David L. Lander, the diminutive actor known for his portrayal of goofy greaser Squiggy on Laverne & Shirley, has died at 73, TMZ reports. McKean & Lander on Laverne & Shirley (Image via ABC) Lander died Friday, December 4, from multiple sclerosis complications, having battled the disease for nearly 40 years, his wife confirmed. Lander was…
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