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Louisa Moritz, Actress of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', Dies At Age 72

Updated On 31 Jan, 2019 Published On

Louisa Moritz, the actress-turned-lawyer widely known for being the first of five dozen women to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, has died. She was 72.

The former actress' death was confirmed by her publicist and lawyer, who told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, January 30, that Moritz passed away on January 4 at a hospice in Los Angeles.

As for the cause of death, Moritz's spokesman and friend, Edward Lozzi, told USA TODAY that she died from heart failure.

Edward said she had been ill for a year and was recently injured after falling during a trip to Washington where she went to meet her lawyer, Joseph Cammarata.

He is handling the defamation lawsuit Louisa and six other women filed against the actor, 81, in federal court in Massachusetts in 2014.

Edward, who described Louisa as a longtime "holistic health fanatic", said, "She aged a lot in the four years since the Cosby thing. I've never seen such a decline".

Louisa was best known for portraying Rose in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) alongside actor Jack Nicholson, who dated more than 48 girls in his life.

She also starred in Cheech and Chong pic Up in Smoke (1978) and on a handful of television shows in the '70s and '80s.

Rest in Peace Louisa Moritz!

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