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Two and a Half Men star Conchata Ferrell dies at 77 after cardiac arrest, Charlie Sheen pays tribute

Conchata Ferrell dies aged 77 as Two and a Half Men co-stars pay tribute to "an absolute sweetheart, a consummate pro, a genuine friend".

Conchata Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeeper on TV's Two and a Half Men, has died aged 77.

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Ferrell died on Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, according to publicist Cynthia Snyder.

After a long career as a character actor on stage and in movies, including Mystic Pizza and Network, Ferrell joined the cast of Two and a Half Men in 2003.

She soldiered through more than a decade on the sitcom playing opposite Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer until Sheen was fired from the sitcom for behaviour that included publicly insulting producer Chuck Lorre.

The series continued with new star Ashton Kutcher.

Sheen tweeted her death was "a shocking and painful loss".

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Cryer tweeted: "I'm crying for the woman I'll miss, and the joy she brought so many."

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Ferrell, a native of Charleston, West Virginia, gained recognition and several theatre awards in 1974 for her role in The Sea Horse.

Her role in Lanford Wilson's Hot L Baltimore led to a starring role in the Norman Lear sitcom of the same name.

She received two Emmy supporting actress Emmy nominations for Two and a Half Men, and a nod for her role as Susan Bloom on LA Law.

She also appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Edward Scissorhands and True Romance.

She is survived by her husband, Arnie Anderson, and her daughter, Samantha.

ABC/AP

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