ER actress Vanessa Marquez shot and killed by police in California

ER’ screenshot via NBC

ER’ screenshot via NBC

Officers arrived at the South Pasadena home of Marquez-who is best known for her role as nurse Wendy Goldman on ER-around noon to perform a welfare check, authorities tell CNN. Officers later recovered the weapon, which was discovered to have been a BB gun that was made to resemble a semi-automatic handgun. "She is identified as a female Hispanic 49 years-old and resident of South Pasadena".

The Sheriff's Homicide Bureau has launched an investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

Marquez gained attention past year after tweeting that Clooney helped blacklist her from Hollywood when she complained about sexual harassment and racist comments among their ER co-stars. Clooney later issued a statement to media outlets, denying Marquez's allegations and explaining that he was not involved in any casting decisions that might have negatively affected his former co-star's career. "I take her at her word", the actor said at the time.

"Clooney helped blacklist me when I spoke up abt harassment on ER", she claimed on Twitter.

Marquez had been known for playing Wendy Goldman on the hit series "ER" from 1994 to 1997.

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In October 2017, Marquez took to Twitter where she claimed that she was sacked from her role on ER because she made claims of sexual and racial harassment on set. Marquez had an extensive collection of Star Wars memorabilia and was featured on the news for a special about the May the Fourth Be With You celebration. She also claimed that castmates Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, and Julianna Marguiles had been racially insensitive during her time on the show.

Officers and a mental health specialist were called to the home at 11:45 a.m. Thursday by the landlord, who was concerned about a woman's well-being.

The actress reportedly wrote on her Facebook page that she had been struggling with Celiac disease and seizures. Marquez appeared in 27 episodes.

Marquez had an extensive television and movie career. She also appeared on a 2005 episode of A&E's "Intervention" to address her depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and shopping addiction.

Officers then open fired on the actress, who was struck at least once in the torso, The South Pasadenan reported.

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