'Sanford and Son’ Actor Raymond Allen Dead at 91

Raymond G. Allen, Sr., an actor best known for playing Uncle Woody on “Sanford and Son” and Ned the Wino on “Good Times,” has passed away at age 91.

Early Monday, Raymond’s daughter Ta Ronce Allen confirmed the heartbreaking news on her Facebook page.

“Just wanted to let The Allen Family and friends know that Dad received his wing two hours ago. His warmth, kind heart and cleaver sayings will be missed,” she wrote. “His laughter will ring in heaven. Rest In Heavenly Peace Raymond Allen. The last of 12 siblings.”

On Tuesday, Raymond’s family told TMZ that the actor was found unresponsive early Monday at his long-term facility in California. Though EMTs tried to revive him, he sadly passed.

The family also told the outlet that Raymond died as a result of respiratory issues which were not related to the coronavirus.

TMZ says Raymond Allen had been living at the residence since 2016 and suffered bouts of pneumonia.

NBC News adds that he had previously been diagnosed with a bacterial infection in May, but tested negative for COVID-19.

After the devastating news went viral, Ta Ronce wrote another Facebook post, revealing that Raymond’s niece Deborah Doll had also passed.

“What a day this is been. I am so surrounded by love from friends and family. This has been one of the hardest days of my life I lost my father Raymond Allen and my cousin Deborah Doll (his niece). They are now both being held by the wings of angels,” she said Monday night.

Aside from “Sanford and Son” and “Good Times,” Raymond guested on such classic series as "The Love Boat," "The Jeffersons," "Starsky & Hutch," and "What's Happening!!"

NBC News says he stepped away from acting in 1985, the year in which he appeared in one last TV movie, due to health issues.

In addition to Ta Ronce, Raymond is survived by his other daughter, Brenda.

He will be missed.


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