Emmy-winning 'Roots' star Olivia Cole dies in Mexico at 75

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Emmy-winning 'Roots' star Olivia Cole dies in Mexico at 75
FILE - In this May 23, 2016 file photo, actress Olivia Cole, who starred in the original TV series "Roots," attends the premiere of History Channel's updated "Roots" mini-series in New York. A funeral association official says that Cole died of a heart attack last Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at her home in San Miguel de Allende, a city in central Mexico. She was 75. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A funeral association official says that “Roots” star Olivia Cole has died in Mexico. Cole was 75.

Linda Cooper, executive secretary of the association, says Cole died last Friday at her home in San Miguel de Allende, a city in central Mexico.

Cooper said Thursday the cause of death was a heart attack.

Cole received an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Matilda, wife to Ben Vereen’s Chicken George in the ABC smash hit 1977 miniseries. It was based on African-American writer Alex Haley’s book “Roots,” which dramatized his ancestors’ lives.

The Memphis-born Cole’s other screen credits included the Oprah Winfrey-produced miniseries “The Women of Brewster Place” and “L.A. Law.”