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"M*A*S*H" Star Dead at 72

"M*A*S*H" Star Dead at 72
Kellye Nakahara Wallett onstage at a 2009 awards ceremony (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 18 February 2020 10:55 AM

Kellye Nakahara Wallett, who played Lt. Nurse Kellye Yamato in the classic hit TV series "M*A*S*H," died at her home in Pasadena on Sunday at age 72 after a brief struggle with breast cancer, according to the New York Post.  

The actress and artist's death was confirmed on the Facebook page of her art studio. 

"Yesterday we lost one of the most beautiful souls on earth," wrote Kellye Wallett Studio in a post along with a photo of the star and her husband David and daughter Lani. "We will miss you so much Kellye!"  

Wallett was born in O'ahu, Hawaii but later moved to Pasadena, Calif., according to IMDB.  

She appeared in a string of movies including the 1985 hit "Clue" and "She's Having a Baby," but her most memorable performance was in "M*A*S*H."  

The series aired from 1972 through to 1983 and Wallett appeared in all 11 seasons. She continued to act after the show's run but also pursued her passion for painting. She also became involved in local community theater and acted as arts commissioner for Pasadena. 

 Social media was flooded with tributes upon news of Wallett's death.  

"I still watch the MASH episodes every day, in my mind you are still 20 years old ....thank you for the wonderful memories, all of you. Rest in peace," one fan wrote on Facebook.  

"Kellye was one of the most endearing people I'd seen & brought that beauty & quality to MASH & her painting. God rest her soul & bring you all comfort & peace. Your angel wings are beautiful, Kellye, & you've earned every feather!," another fan said. 

Wallett is survived by her husband, their two children; and two grandchildren. 

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Kellye Nakahara Wallett, who played Lt. Nurse Kellye Yamato in the classic hit TV series "M*A*S*H," died at her home in Pasadena on Sunday at age 72 after a brief struggle with breast cancer, according to the New York Post.
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