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Cheers alum George Wendt, 72, is seen following the tragedy of his swimmer cousin


EXCLUSIVE: Tragedy for Cheers alum George Wendt, 72, who is seen following the tragedy of his swimmer cousin – who shares his same name – after drowning in Lake Michigan while competing in a race

  • George Wendt, 72, was seen in public for the first time since his athlete cousin recently drowned during a swimming accident on Lake Michigan in Illinois
  • His cousin, George F. Wendt, shared the same name as the actor and had been a competitive swimmer for years
  • The 73-year-old swimmer was found ‘unresponsive in the water’ while competing in the Big Shoulders Open Water Classic on September 11

  • Los Angeles-based George, who played happy go lucky barman Norm Peterson on Cheers for nine years until 1993, keeps a low profile these days
  • DailyMail.com spotted the actor in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, dressed casually in a navy T-shirt, shorts and sneakers as he got out of his car 


Legendary Cheers alum George Wendt, 72, has been seen in public for the first time in years. 

DailyMail.com spotted the actor in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, dressed casually in a navy T-shirt, shorts and sneakers as he got out of his car. 

This is the first sighting since his athlete cousin drowned last month in a swimming accident on Lake Michigan in Illinois.

Tragedy struck when the actor’s cousin who shares the same name as him, George F. Wendt, 73, was found ‘unresponsive in the water’ while competing in the Big Shoulders Open Water Classic on September 11, according to Illinois media reports.

The death was ruled an accidental drowning.  

George Wendt, 72, was seen in public for the first time since his athlete cousin recently drowned during a swimming accident on Lake Michigan, Illinois

DailyMail.com spotted the actor in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, dressed casually in a navy T-shirt, shorts and sneakers as he got out of his car

DailyMail.com spotted the actor in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, dressed casually in a navy T-shirt, shorts and sneakers as he got out of his car

DailyMail.com spotted the actor in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, dressed casually in a navy T-shirt, shorts and sneakers as he got out of his car

George keeps a low profile these days and made his last public appearance in 2019

George keeps a low profile these days and made his last public appearance in 2019

His cousin, George F. Wendt, shared the same name as the actor and had been a competitive swimmer for years

His cousin, George F. Wendt, shared the same name as the actor and had been a competitive swimmer for years

Hollywood-based George, who played happy go lucky barman Norm Peterson on Cheers for nine years until 1993, keeps an extremely low profile these days.

He was last spotted out in public in Los Angeles in 2016, though he did appear at a Comic Con event in Philadelphia back in June 2019.

Besides his success in the hit sitcom, the popular entertainer has appeared in shows such as Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Columbo and Wings. 

He also had a recurring sketch on SNL’s Bill Swerski’s Superfans, which was dedicated to sports fans from Chicago. 

George is currently mourning the loss of his cousin, who participated in the U.S. Olympic swim trials at 16 and was a champion swimmer in high school and at the University of Minnesota.

The 73-year-old swimmer (right) was found 'unresponsive in the water' while competing in the Big Shoulders Open Water Classic on September 11

The 73-year-old swimmer (right) was found ‘unresponsive in the water’ while competing in the Big Shoulders Open Water Classic on September 11

Hollywood-based George, who playe

Hollywood-based George played happy go lucky barman Norm Peterson on the TV sitcom for nine years until 1993

The Wendt family told The Chicago Sun Times that they feel comforted knowing that he died doing what he loved.

‘He was sort of the heart and soul of Big Shoulders,’ his wife Anne Wend said. They were married for 52 years.  

The family added that Wendt was in ‘peak condition’, as he had dedicated his life to the water, even serving as president of the Chicago Masters Swim Club. 

However, after he completed third of the 3.1-mile race, other swimmers saw him unresponsive in the water. 

A medical team was unable to revive him and his death was ruled an accidental drowning.  

George keeps a very low profile, and has little to no social media presence.  

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