Peggy Lipton, the actress who rose to fame in TV's groundbreaking 1960s series "The Mod Squad" and starred in the 1990s series "Twin Peaks," has died at age 72 of cancer.
The news was confirmed by her two daughters Kidada and Rashida Jones (star of TV's "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation"), from Lipton's 15-year marriage to music producer Quincy Jones.
"We are heartbroken that our beloved mother passed away from cancer today," the statement said. "She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side. We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her."
The statement called for privacy for the family and continued: "We can't put all of our feelings into words right now but we will say: Peggy was, and will always be our beacon of light, both in this world and beyond. She will always be a part of us."
Lipton played Julie Barnes, one of a trio of Los Angeles undercover "hippie cops" on the counter-culture "The Mod Squad" with Michael Cole and Clarence Williams III. The show aired on ABC from 1968 to 1973.
She was nominated for Emmys and won a Golden Globe in 1971 for her performance. The show addressed issues such as the Vietnam War, drugs and domestic violence.
Lipton married Jones in 1974, and focused on her family and two daughters. The couple divorced in 1989.
Lipton appeared in the 1979 “Mod Squad” TV reunion and made a cameo appearance in a 1999 movie version of "The Mod Squad" that starred Claire Danes (as Julie Barnes), Omar Epps and Giovanni Ribisi.
In the 1990s, she played the role of Norma Jennings in the TV series "Twin Peaks." She also played the same character in the show's 2017 revival.
Lipton's co-stars and others took to Twitter to remember the actress.
Her "Twin Peaks" co-star Kyle MacLachlan tweeted, "The RR diner is dark today."
The RR diner is dark today. Very sorry to hear Peggy Lipton is gone. We’ve lost a beautiful soul.— Kyle MacLachlan (@Kyle_MacLachlan) May 12, 2019
"She’s the one I always wanted to be," said actress Helen Hunt.
Holly Robinson Peete said, "So glad I got a chance to tell her that her character on #ModSquad was an inspiration for Judy Hoffs on 21 Jump Street."
Simply heartbreaking loss 🙏🏽💔Peggy Lipton was a beautiful woman inside & out.— Holly🌸Robinson🌸Peete (@hollyrpeete) May 12, 2019
So glad I got a chance to tell her that her character on #ModSquad was an inspiration for Judy Hoffs on 21 Jump Street
Sending love strength and courage to daughters @iamrashidajones #kidadajones
"Jurassic World" actress Bryce Dallas Howard sent condolences to Lipton's daughters, saying, "Peggy Lipton’s generosity, wild sense of humor and style, and deeply sensitive wisdom inspired all who had the joy of meeting her."
#PeggyLipton’s generosity, wild sense of humor and style, and deeply sensitive wisdom inspired all who had the joy of meeting her. Rest In Peace. My heart is with you Rashida (@iamrashidajones) and Kidada ( @kiddejones ) ❤️ pic.twitter.com/KfEtUZBaFZ— Bryce Dallas Howard (@BryceDHoward) May 12, 2019
And actress Rosanna Arquette also called out Lipton's daughters while she mourned the loss of her friend: "We had known each Other for many years and her beautiful girls were the loves of her life. She was an exquisite human being On all levels. god bless you. KIDADA and Rashida she’s your angel."
Oh my God. I’m broken hearted to hear of the passing of my friend Peggy Lipton. We had known each Other for many years and her beautiful girls were the loves of her life. She was an exquisite human being On all levels. god bless you. KIDADA and Rashida she’s your angel.— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) May 12, 2019
Comedian Kathy Griffin said she was "heartbroken": "I’ve honestly always thought of Peggy as...perfect. Honest, funny, nurturing, oh and loved some good, juicy, gossip"
I’m heartbroken. I had the opportunity to work with Peggy for a few days on a film. I absolutely fell in love with her. I’ve honestly always thought of Peggy as...perfect. Honest, funny, nurturing, oh and loved some good, juicy, gossip💔 https://t.co/RfQd0CqJG3— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 12, 2019
"From the #ModSquad to #TwinPeaks and everything in between. Sweet, kind, beautiful & very cool," said Billy Baldwin.
So sad to hear about #PeggyLipton— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) May 12, 2019
From the #ModSquad to #TwinPeaks and everything in between.
Sweet, kind, beautiful & very cool.
What a career… what a life.
Love, light, strength & prayers for Quincy, Kidada & Rashida.
She always made me smile and ALWAYS made my heart flutter. pic.twitter.com/EtgVuvJGNb
Contributing: The Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Stars react to death of Peggy Lipton, star of 'Mod Squad' and 'Twin Peaks,' at 72