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Two major television stars from the seventies and eighties passed away yesterday...

• Chad Everett, who starred in "Medical Center" for seven years, a series that at the time was tied with "Marcus Welby, MD" for the longest-running medical drama, died yesterday at age 75 after an 18-month battle with lung cancer.

• And Sherman Hemsley, who moved on up from a guest starring role as next-door neighbor George Jefferson on "All in the Family" to the leading role in his own sitcom, "The Jeffersons," died yesterday at age 74. No cause was given by police in El Paso, Texas, where he had been living.
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