TMZ reports that Hemsley passed away from natural causes in his El Paso, Texas, home. He was discovered by his nurse, who initially thought he was asleep.
The actor had no wife or children.
In addition to playing the iconic Mr. Jefferson, the Philadelphia native found success on the '80s hit church show Amen, on which he played Deacon Earnest Frye.
In remembering one of television's most beloved actors, take a look at one of Hemsley's greatest TV moments from The Jeffersons — who could forget that dance?
Do you have a favorite Sherman Hemsley moment?