On Monday, actress Conchata Ferrell passed away at the age of 77 because of complications that followed her recent cardiac arrest, according to Deadline. The Two and a Half Men star died while surrounded by family at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Sherman Oaks, California.
The actress has suffered from numerous health issues in recent years. They include more than one heart attack, a kidney infection, and blood contamination. Ferrell has been in and out of the hospital for the last year.
Ferrell Suffered From Multiple Health Issues in Recent Years
The famous actress had a heart attack around five months ago and was hospitalized after not feeling well, according to her husband Arnie Anderson. Anderson said his wife spent more than four weeks in the intensive care unit following her heart attack. In addition, Ferrell went into cardiac arrest while in ICU, which lasted for around 10 minutes, her husband said.
Afterward, doctors transferred Ferrell to a long-term care facility. The actress was put on a respirator and dialysis at the facility. Furthermore, Ferrell could not speak or communicate after the health scare. At the time, Anderson was unable to visit his wife because of strict COVID-19 guidelines that restricted hospital visitors. However, Anderson did speak with Ferrell’s nurse on a regular basis who provided updates on his wife often.
In February, Ferrell spoke with TMZ about being hospitalized for a kidney infection in December while living at her vacation home in Charleston, West Virginia. The actress said her infection spread, which led to contamination in her blood.
After that health scare, Ferrell spent another few weeks in the ICU as a precaution so they could monitor her. Later, in January, the actress transferred into transitional care. Ferrell spent most of January bedridden as she recuperated at home. Additionally, she participated in physical therapy multiple times each day as she tried to get her strength back.
The actress said her husband was by her side throughout her hospital stay and recovery. She said Anderson worked day and night to help care for her during her time of need.
Ferrell’s Acting Career in TV and Film
Ferrell began her acting career in 1974. The actress is best known for her role on the sitcom Two and a Half Men as Charlie Sheen’s beloved housekeeper Berta. Ferrell starred in the TV show since it first aired on CBS in 2003. She continued starring in the show even through the transition that saw actor Ashton Kutcher take over for Sheen. Ferrell stayed in the role through all 12 seasons until its 2015 finale.
In 2005 and 2007, the actress received two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series. In addition, Ferrell also received a nomination in 1992 for her portrayal of Susan Bloom in L.A. Law.
Furthermore, Ferrell has also starred in the TV series The Ranch and Grace and Frankie on Netflix. She also voiced a character on the cartoon The Wild Thornberrys. She also had roles in the movies Deported, A Very Nutty Christmas, Citizen Tony, and Frankenweenie.