'Will & Grace' stars pay tribute to Shelley Morrison after Rosario actress' death

"Will & Grace" stars took to social media to pay tribute to Shelley Morrison after news broke that the actress, who played Rosario Salazar on the hit NBC sitcom, had died at the age of 83.

Morrison died on Sunday, December 1, of heart failure after a brief illness, her publicist told AP. The actress' character, who worked as a no-nonsense maid for Megan Mullally's character, Karen Walker, was originally only supposed to appear on one episode of "Will & Grace," but Rosario was such a hit with viewers that the show kept her on for a whopping 68 episodes airing from 1999 until 2006.

Though Morrison didn't appear on the current reboot of the show due to her retirement, she still holds a special place in the hearts of the "Will & Grace" family, and the show's four stars took to social media to honor her life and legacy.

"just got a bulletin on my phone that shelley morrison has passed. my heart is heavy. putting shelley, her beloved husband walter & their children in the light," Mullally wrote on Twitter. "thank you for your friendship & partnership, shell. you accomplished wonderful things in this world. you will be missed."

"Oh, Shelley... what a loss. Our dear Rosario has passed on," Debra Messing, who played Grace, wrote on Instagram alongside a clip of Morrison on the show. "Shelley had a career that spanned decades, but she will always be our dear Rosie. She was a kind soul with a huge heart and always had a smile on her face. All my love to Walter and the entire family."

"Such sad news. Our beloved Shelley Morrison passed away today," Sean Hayes, who played Jack, captioned a photo of Morrison as Rosario. "She was absolutely hilarious and had the biggest heart. She was a part of our Will and Grace family and will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to her entire family."

"Shelley was a beautiful soul & a wonderful actor. Her work as Rosario, season after season, was as nuanced and real as it was hysterical," Eric McCormack, who played Will, tweeted. "She will be missed by everyone at #WillandGrace, she’s a huge part of it. Sending so much love to Walter and Shelley’s whole family. #Rosario"

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WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Buy, Buy Baby' Episode 18 -- Aired 03/30/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Definition of Marriage' Episode 15 -- Aired 02/09/2006 -- Pictured: Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Bathroom Humor' Episode 11 -- Pictured: (l-r) Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Von Trapped' Episode 10 -- Aired 01/05/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Debra Messing as Grace Adle, Taye Diggs as James Hanson, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Alive and Schticking' Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Alive and Schticking' Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Creator David Kohan, Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Creator Max Mutchnick, Alec Baldwin as Malcolm, Director James Burrows (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Christmas Break' Episode 12 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Hallee Hirsh as Olivia Walker, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
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