Lou Myers (TMZ)

According to TMZ, Lou Myers — the actor who played Mr. Vernon Gaines on A Different World — died last night after a heart-related emergency. He was 77 years old.

Lou was hospitalized in December for pneumonia but released after New Year's. He collapsed at home a few weeks later and was hospitalized again.

Lou's heart stopped yesterday. Doctors were able to revive him, but he fell into a coma and passed just hours later. He was 77.

And yes, his Wikipedia and IMDb pages are incorrect. We're told he lied about his age. According to official records, Lou's birthday was September 26, 1935. As one source put it, "You know how actors are." 

Read more at TMZ.