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Varnette Honeywood, an artist whose vibrant work appeared in 'The Cosby Show,' dies at 59

September 14, 2010 |  6:12 pm


Varnette Honeywood, an artist whose paintings adorned the walls of the set of "The Cosby Show" and whose strikingly colorful images depicted tender moments in black family life, has died. She was 59.

Honeywood died Sunday in a Los Angeles hospital after a two-year battle with cancer, her cousin Jennell Allen said.

Several of Honeywood's paintings were placed on the walls of the set of the hit NBC-TV comedy series "The Cosby Show" and Bill Cosby worked with her on a subsequent book series, "Little Bill."

A full obituary will follow at

-- Associated Press

Photo: Varnette Honeywood in 2003 with schoolchildren and a book she illustrated. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times