Peggy Lipton, ‘The Mod Squad’ & ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies At 72 Of Colon Cancer
Peggy Lipton, star of groundbreaking shows The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, died last weekend due to colon cancer. Her daughters Kidada and Rashida Jones confirmed the news.
Lipton was known for her role as the flower girl Julie Barnes in the hit show The Mod Squad, which aired on ABC from the late 60s to early 70s. The series was about a police captain who recruited three “hippie cops” in order to infiltrate the counterculture and nail the adult criminals that were taking advantage of young Californians. This show was one of the first shows to air with a multiracial cast.
In 1974, Lipton married Quincy Jones and had both Kidada and Rashida with him. Their marriage lasted about 15 years before the couple decided to call it quits and divorce in 1990.
Many celebrities mourned the news that Lipton had passed. Stars like Helen Hunt and Kyle MacLachlan paid tribute to Lipton.
— Helen Hunt (@HelenHunt) May 12, 2019
The RR diner is dark today. Very sorry to hear Peggy Lipton is gone. We’ve lost a beautiful soul.
— Kyle MacLachlan (@Kyle_MacLachlan) May 12, 2019
Her family issued a statement asking for privacy, stating, “We can’t put all of our feelings into words right now but we will say: Peggy was, and will always be our beacon of light, both in this world and beyond. She will always be a part of us.”