Helen Slayton-Hughes dies aged 92: Parks and Recreation star's family pay tribute

Parks and Recreation star Helen Slayton-Hughes has died aged 92, her family announced on Thursday.

The beloved actress, who played the feisty Ethel Beavers on the hit show, passed away on Wednesday – a cause of death has not been revealed.

Paying tribute to the star, her family’s statement read: ‘Helen passed away last night. Her pain has ended but her fierce spirit lives on. 

‘Thank you for the love and support of her and her work. Rest sweet one.’

RIP: Parks and Recreation star Helen Slayton-Hughes has died aged 92, her family announced on Thursday (pictured October 2022)

Helen played court stenographer Ethel in the popular political satire mockumentary sitcom from 2011-2015.

The star won an army of fans with her hilarious and barbed putdowns, starring alongside Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza in 11 episodes.

Her character agreed to get adopted by Chris and Aubrey’s characters as their grandma in one funny episode of the iconic show.

Hilarious: Helen played court stenographer Ethel in the popular political satire mockumentary sitcom from 2011-2015 (pictured with Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate)

Hilarious: Helen played court stenographer Ethel in the popular political satire mockumentary sitcom from 2011-2015 (pictured with Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate)

The star made her final public appearance on October 8 when she attended The Curse Of Bridge Hollow Netflix Special Screening. 

The comedy horror film marked her final role as Victoria. 

Helen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Drama from Syracuse University, and a Master’s in Communications from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). 

Her career saw her spend more four decades acting in stage productions, appearing in over 200 plays and and musicals.

2021: The star is seen playing Aunt Ida in sitcom Rutherford Falls alongside Ed Helms

2021: The star is seen playing Aunt Ida in sitcom Rutherford Falls alongside Ed Helms

The turning point came when she was cast in a two episode stint on Nash Bridges (1996) while appearing at Berkeley Stage in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Aged 70, Helen moved to LA to earn money as an actor and secured high-profile stints in shows including Arrested Development, My Name Is Earl, Desperate Housewives, New Girl and That’s So Raven. 

In later years the star did not slow down, in 2020 she wrote musical Songs of Limberlost, based on the best-selling novel, A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter 

The star is survived by four children and six grandchildren. She was married for many years but never publicly revealed her husband’s identity.

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