Cynthia Lynn of 'Hogan's Heroes' Dies at 76

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Cynthia Lynn, one of the last remaining cast members of the 1960s’ sitcom "Hogan's Heroes," died Monday in Los Angeles at age 76.

Variety, which first reported the news, said Lynn had been suffering from hepatitis.

Her daughter, Lisa Brando, confirmed the news on her Facebook page Tuesday, writing, "Just wanted to thank you all so much for all your prayers and support during this difficult time. My mother will be truly missed. All my love to you and all her loving fans."

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Earlier, Brando wrote that her mother had been hospitalized Monday with liver failure. "We are heartbroken and devastated as this was totally unexpected," she said.

Lynn played Fraulein Helga during the first season of the military comedy and returned for a couple more episodes before the series ended in 1971. She also appeared in "Mission: Impossible," "The Odd Couple" and "The Six Million Dollar Man" before leaving acting in 1975 after an episode of "Harry O."

Brando was her only daughter. After the actor Marlon Brando died, Lynn's daughter revealed that he had been her father. Lynn met the actor on the set of "Bedtime Story."

Born Zinta Valda Zimilis, in Riga, Latvia, Lynn chronicled her family's journey from Latvia to Germany to the United States during and after World War II in her memoir, "Escape to Freedom: a Biography of Cynthia Lynn." She also told of her relationship with "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane.

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