For many of you, the name Lisa Blount doesn’t sound that familiar. The actress’ most notable role came from a supporting part in the 1982 drama An Officer and a Gentleman, where she played Lynette Pomeroy, the best friend of Debra Winger’s character. According to a report from the New York Daily News, the actress and filmmaker recently passed at the age of 53 after fighting a rare blood disorder.
Blount’s cause of death is being linked to complications from “Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), in which low levels of platelets keep blood from clotting and lead to bleeding and bruising.” Apparently, she had been suffering from the disease for over 17 years and her own mother believes that her illness played a huge part in her untimely death.
“I think that might have been part of the problem when she passed away because when I found her she had a purple look on her neck that looked like blood on the surface,” Louise Blount said.
After finding her body, Blount’s mother says that “she had her phone in her hand and her bed was not disturbed.”
After appearing in An Officer in a Gentleman, Blount received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. She then went on to win an Oscar in 2001, when she and her husband (actor Ray McKinnon) produced and starred in the short film The Accountant. McKinnon was unfortunately away at the time of her death.
RIP Lisa Blount.