Dynasty's Diahann Carroll Dead at 84

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Diahann Carroll, who played Dominique Deveraux on the original iteration of Dynasty, died Friday. 

She was 84. 

The Hollywood Reporter first shared the news, stating the actress passed away following a long battle with cancer. 

Diahann Carroll Attends Event

Carroll appeared on multiple episodes of Dynasty, as well as the spinoff series, The Colbys in the 1980s. 

Her character was the half-sister of John Forsythe's Blake Carrington. 

The actress was also well known for her role in Julia, a 1970s comedy that focused on a widowed nurse raising her young son. 

The role gave Carroll much prominence. It lasted three seasons on NBC. 

Diahann Carroll attends House of Flowers Event

It was praised for featuring an African American in the title role. 

Her first TV role was on The Red Skelton Show. 

Carroll was also a prolific singer and Broadway star. 

She made her Broadway debut at 19 years old in the musical "House of Flowers," from Harold Arlen. 

Carroll was married four times, to talent manager and music producer Monte Kay, retailer Fred Glusman, editor Robert DeLeon, and singer Vic Damone.

Diahann Carroll Poses at Event

She is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Kay, a journalist and screenwriter, and two grandchildren, August and Sydney.

We extend our thoughts and prayers to the friends and family Diahann during this difficult time. 

The celebrity world reacted in shock to the passing after it was announced. 

Said Ava Duvernay:

"Diahann Carroll walked this earth for 84 years and broke ground with every footstep. An icon. One of the all-time greats."

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"She blazed trails through dense forests and elegantly left diamonds along the path for the rest of us to follow. Extraordinary life. Thank you, Ms. Carroll."

“This one cuts deeply. My mom & Ms Diahann were friends since they were 14. She was a pioneer on so many levels. She made me believe I could be on television! I loved & cherished and idolized her like a daughter…. RIP Diahann Carroll thank you for the gift of your life,” said actress and singer Holly Robinson Peete.

Dana Delaney added:

"I once met the legendary Diahann Carroll at a luncheon in Toronto. I told her that when she starred in Julia, people used to say my mother looked like her."

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"Without blinking an eye, she said “Was she very beautiful?” Ms Carroll was a Goddess.

Grey's Anatomy actress Debbie Allen worked with Carroll on the television short, Sunday in Paradise.

Her post regarding the passing reads as follows:

"Diahann Carroll you taught us so much. We are stronger, more beautiful and risk takers because of you. We will forever sing your praises and speak your name. Love Love Love, Debbie."

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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