How did Markie Post die? 'Night Court’ actress dead at 70 days after co-actor's death

Markie Post died at the age of 70, less than a month after Charlies Robindon's death

                            How did Markie Post die? 'Night Court’ actress dead at 70 days after co-actor's death
Actress Markie Post attends Netflix's 'Santa Clarita Diet' Season 2 Premiere at the Dome at Arclight in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Actor Markie Post, known for ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Night Court’, died at the age of 70. Post’s manager, Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, confirmed her death to reporters on Saturday evening, August 7.

Post’s family shared in a statement: "But for us, our pride is in who she was in addition to acting; a person who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for first apartments and showed us how to be kind, loving, and forgiving in an often harsh world.”


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Actress Markie Post (L) and creator and executive producer Victor Fresco attend the after-party for Netflix's "Santa Clarita Diet" Season 2 Premiere at Le Jardin in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

How did Markie Post die?

Post died after a three-year, ten-month battle with cancer. It has, however, not been reported what kind of cancer she was battling. Post’s death comes less than a month after ‘Night Court’ co-actor Charlie Robinson died at the age of 75. The cause of his death was a heart attack and organ failure brought on by septic shock. Robinson also had adenocarcinoma, a cancer of the glandular cells.

Post was born on November 4, 1950, in Palo Alto, California. She began her career in television by serving as an associate producer on the game series ‘Double Dare’, which was hosted by the late Alex Trebek. She first appeared as an actor on television in the TV movie ‘Frankie and Annette: The Second Time Around’. Post appeared in series like ‘Semi-Tough’, ‘The Gangster Chronicles’, ‘Fantasy Island’ and ‘The Love Boat’.

From 1982 to 1985, Post played the role of Terri Michaels in the action-adventure series ‘The Fall Guy’, opposite Lee Majors, Heather Thomas and Douglas Barr. Post was a series regular on NBC’s ‘Night Court’, where she played the role of public defender Christine Sullivan for 159 episodes between 1985 and 1992. 

Markie Post poses for a picture on the red carpet at the Events Of The Heart premiere "You've Gotta Have Heart" April 28, 2008, at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, California (Photo By Toby Canham/Getty Images)

She also played Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman in ‘Hearts Afire’, a CBS sitcom, in which she starred opposite John Ritter. Later in her career, Post also played a recurring role on ABC’s ‘Scrubs’, as the mother of Dr. Elliot Reid, played by Sarah Chalke. She also portrayed herself in a 2008 episode of ‘30 Rock’. Post played Cameron Diaz’s mother in the iconic film ‘There’s Something About Mary’. Post reportedly continued pursuing acting roles after her cancer diagnosis, with appearances in shows such as ‘Santa Clarita Diet’.

Post is survived by her husband, writer Michael A. Ross; daughters, actress Kate Armstrong Ross and Daisy Schoenborn; son-in-law Bryce Schoenborn and a five-month-old granddaughter. Details of a planned memorial have not yet been shared.

Fans expressed their grief online. One fan tweeted. “RIP to Markie Post, a truly great actress who starred as Christine Sullivan on the TV show ‘Night Court.’ This feels too soon, especially since Charlie Robinson passed way just last month. Very sad news this Sunday.”

Another tweet read: “I had a huge crush on Markie back in her Night Court days. In addition to being so beautiful, she was a hell of an actor. RIP. Tell Harry Anderson hi from all of us.” One fan wrote, “So sad. I loved “Night Court” when it was on. Best episodes were just sequences of nonstop gags. Nothing very deep, but a wonderful diversion. Last month Charles Robinson (“Mac”) died, and now Markie Post (“Christina”).”




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