Lung cancer cause of death for Sherman Hemsley

An Aug.11,1986 photo of Sherman Hemsley. Hemsley, the actor best known for playing George Jefferson on "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," died on July 24, 2012, his publicist confirmed to He was 74. (AP photo/Nick Ut)

August 8, 2012 3:40:37 PM PDT
A Texas medical examiner's office says Philadelphia native and actor Sherman Hemsley died from lung cancer.

The 74 year old Hemsley passed away last month at his Texas home.

The El Paso medical examiner says he had a cancerous tumor and was advised to undergo chemotherapy before he died.

Hemsley grew up in South Philadelphia.

He is best known for his role as George Jefferson on the hit comedy, "The Jefferson's."