Eddie McCa of ‘Laverne & Shirley’ dies at 69: reports

Eddie McCa, right, former star of the TV show “Laverne & Shirley” signs a model for the 1955 movie Thunderbird to Don Pasco, left, in South Lyon, Michigan on Saturday, August 18, 2001 in Royal Oak, Michigan during a Woodward Dream Cruise . Show star Cindy Williams, who played Shirley on the show, is at the center. The Dream Cruise, an event featuring classic cars that sails through a number of southeastern Michigan cities along Woodward Ave. It’s Saturday. Organizers expect more than a million people to line up on Woodward Ave. for this event. (AP Photo/Paul Warner)

(Nexstar) – Eddie Macka, known for his role as Carmine, “Big Ragu” in “Laverne & Shirley” has passed away. He was 69 years old.

Mecca died at his home in Newhall, Cale, on Saturday, his brother Warren Mikjian said TMZ. The cause of death was not shared. Mikjian says Mecca was recently hospitalized due to a blood clot.

From 1976 to 1983, Mecca played Carmine, Shirley’s friend, in Laverne & Shirley. He was also nominated for the role of Tony in his Broadway role “The Lieutenant”. New York Post reports.

Mecca went on to appear on several TV shows as a guest star, including “Fantasy Island,” “Love Boat,” and “Family Matters.”

According to his IMDB page, Mekka recently appeared in “Hail Mary,” a comedy from 2018, and “Diary of Lunatic,” a 2017 comedy.

Mecca has one daughter, Mia.

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