Kathryn Kates, actress in 'Seinfeld,' and 'Orange is the New Black, has died at 73

Kathryn Kates, an actress who starred on "Seinfeld", "The Many Saints of Newark", "Orange is the New Black," and many other programs, has passed away. She was 73 years old.

Kathryn Kates, actress in 'Seinfeld,' and 'Orange is the New Black, has died at 73

Kathryn Kates, an actress who starred on "Seinfeld", "The Many Saints of Newark", "Orange is the New Black," and many other programs, has passed away. She was 73 years old.

Fox News was informed by a representative of Kates that she had confirmed her death. Representative Erica Bines, Headline Talent Agency, said that the actress died Saturday after a long battle with lung cancer.

She was surrounded by her amazing family when she passed peacefully. She was not only a close friend but also a valued client. It's heartbreaking to lose her, but it's not impossible that her incredible talent will continue for generations," Bines stated in a statement.

Bob McGowan, Kate's manager, said that he was grieving and that he loved Kates.

McGowan said that the star never complained during her illness.

Kates is well-known for her memorable roles on the small screen. As the counterwoman, she appeared in two episodes on "Seinfeld".

She was also a regular in "Orange is the New Black" and appeared in "Law & Order: SVU” and "Shades of Blue."

Kates was also seen in episodes of "Matlock," Lizzie McGuire, "Caroline in the City", and "Judging Amy."

Kates, who was Angie DeCarlo's prequel to "The Sopranos," starred as Kates in "The Many Saints of Newark" in 2021. According to her IMDB profile, she has recently completed a project titled “Maybe There's a Tree.”

A video of Kates reading a sonnet after her death has been posted to her Instagram account, along with a long caption. "Do not weep at my grave."

I'm not there. I do not sleep. I'm a thousand wind that blows. I am the snow-dancing diamond. The caption starts, "I am the sun on ripened grains."

Keep me alive in your beautiful hearts and with wonderful memories. It concludes, "Teach others what I have taught you and I will live forever."

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