Denise Dowse, director and actress from 'Beverly Hills, 90210,' died at the age of 64.

Denise Dowse, an actress and director whose credits included "Beverly Hills, 90210,"

"Insecure," and "Ray," died on Sunday, her family confirmed to CNN. She was 64 years old.

"I have to announce her passing with a heavy heart," the actress' sister Tracey Dowse said in a statement.

She also announced her sister's death on the actress' Instagram account, remembering her as an advocate for African American theatre

who was also committed to teaching children about the profession. 

the Amazing Grace Conservatory, an inner-city youth theatre training programme.