Emmy-winning ‘Roots’ star Olivia Cole is dead at 75

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A funeral association official says that “Roots” star Olivia Cole has died in Mexico. Cole was 75.

Linda Cooper, executive secretary of the association, says Cole died last Friday at her home in San Miguel de Allende, a city in central Mexico.

Cooper said Thursday the cause of death was a heart attack.

Cole received an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Matilda, wife to Ben Vereen’s Chicken George in the ABC smash hit 1977 miniseries. It was based on African-American...

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