Sanford and Son actor, Raymond Allen has sadly passed away aged ninety-one, his family confirmed.

His cause of death has now been revealed.

Raymond Allen is best known for his role in Sanford and Son.

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The actor played Uncle Woody in the popular '70s series, marking his breakthrough into the mainstream acting scene.

The show, which was adapted by Norman Lear from BBC programs, was an instant hit with fans.

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And was described by many as groundbreaking at the time.

The sitcom chronicled the antics of a grouchy father working at a Californian junkyard.

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Allen's character, Uncle Woody, was known for his classic one-liners as he dropped by the yard.

Off the back of the success of the show, Allen reprised the infamous role.

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Starring in the Sanford And Son spin-off, The Sanford Arms.  

This was far from his only stint on the small screen, however.

The actor also starred as "Ned the Wino" on Good Times, which aired from 1974 to 1979.

After successful stints in these shows...

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The actor earned a reputation for being a reliable TV star.

He featured in a handful of other popular shows.

Including The Love Boat, The Jeffersons, Wattstax, and What's Happening! 

However, in 1985 Allen took a step back from acting due to his health.

Although he continued to make personal appearances, the final movie he starred in was Gus Brown and Midnight Brewster that same year.

In 2016, his health took a turn for the worst.

Ultimately, his family made the decision to enter him into the health care facility at the time.

He had been staying there ever since...

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And suffered several bouts of Pneumonia.

Today, his daughter, Ta-Ronce Allen, confirmed some sad news.

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Allen has passed away aged ninety-one.

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Allen's niece has also passed away.

Ta-Ronce penned a touching post about her father on Facebook.

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"What a day this is been. I am so surrounded by love from friends and family. This has been one of the hardest days of my life I lost my father Raymond Allen and my cousin Deborah Doll (his niece)," she wrote.

She continued:

"They are now both being held by the wings of angels."

Since the news of his death emerged, tributes have come pouring in for the star.

Fans have been left heartbroken.

According to TMZ, the actor was found "unresponsive" early on Monday morning at the long term health facility in California.

His family stated that his death was not related to coronavirus.

According to reports, Allen had been suffering from "respiratory issues."

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And attempts to revive him sadly came to no avail.

Rest in Peace, Raymond Allen.

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