"The Jeffersons" Star Dies

Twentynine Palms, CA - Lionel from "The Jeffersons" has died at the age of 57.

We first saw Mike Evans in "All in the Family," playing Archie Bunker's neighbor Lionel Jefferson.

Four years later, Lionel and the rest of the family moved on up to their own show, "The Jeffersons." Evans then left that show to co-create and write one of the first sitcoms to feature a mostly black cast.

In recent years, Evans hadn't appeared on TV since 2000.

He was investing in real estate.

Then he came down with throat cancer. He died at his mother's house at the age of 57.