Vanessa Marquez was best known for her reoccurring role as Nurse Wendy Goldman on the hit drama show, “ER.”
Marquez also appeared on an episode of A&E’s “Intervention,” where she sought help for her shopping addiction.
Vanessa Marquez (1968-2018) actress
Known for STAND AND DELIVER (1988) + ER (1994-97), she was blacklisted after making harassment allegations.
— Will McKinley (@willmckinley) August 31, 2018
On August 30, Marquez was gunned down by a police officer after she allegedly pulled out a BB type gun during a wellness check.
As the South Pasadenan reports, Lieutenant Joe Mendoza of the L.A. Sheriff’s homicide bureau said the officer who discharged their gun said the BB gun resembled a semi-automatic handgun:
“At the time [of the shooting] there was an LA County mental health clinician here with the officers. They began to communicate with her, she became very uncooperative and during that contact she armed herself with a handgun, she pointed it at officers and an officer-involved shooting occurred.”
Mendoza later said that the “handgun” was a BB-style gun that “resembled a semi-automatic handgun.”
The shooting occurred shortly after 2:00 p.m. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the officer and the clinician were at Marquez’s home for about 90 minutes before the shooting occurred.
It’s a sad day for #TCMParty as an original member of the group died tragically yesterday. My deepest condolences to all who knew her & those who were closest to Vanessa Marquez in our community, @mercurie80 @Paula_Guthat I can’t quite grasp how this could have happened. pic.twitter.com/BBnW78bqWf
— Aurora (@CitizenScreen) August 31, 2018
Lieutenant Mendoza said 49-year-old Marquez had medical problems, including seizures, and was “gravely disabled.” He said:
“I don’t have any more specific details due to the fact that officers have not been interviewed as of this time.”
Marquez was shot in the torso before being transported to a local area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
— UPROXX (@UPROXX) August 31, 2018
As Fox News reports, the actress was last in news in 2017 when she claimed on Twitter that she was “racially and sexually harassed” by the cast and crew who worked on the set of “ER”— specifically actor George Clooney. She said:
Clooney helped blacklist me when I spoke up about harassment on ER. Women who don’t [sic] play the game lose career. I did.
Clooney has denied those claims.