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Former ‘Dynasty’ actress Kate O’Mara dead at 74 - Kate O'Mara, who played Joan Collins’ sister on the ABC series “Dynasty” died Sunday in the United Kingdom at age 74.

O'Mara, who also starred in the British series “Doctor Who,” passed away in a nursing home in after a short illness, her agent Phil Belfield told the BBC. The exact cause of death was unclear.

O'Mara played Cassandra “Caress” Morell, the manipulative sister of Collins’ character Alexis Carrington Colby, and made her debut on the hit series in 1986.

Collins took to Twitter Sunday to share her condolences.

Tragic news about Kate O Mara , we had great fun on Dynasty when she played my sister Caress who Alexis insisted on calling CASSIE ! RIP

— Joan Collins (@joancollinsobe) March 30, 2014

O'Mara was born in Leicester in 1939, and was the daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge and John Carroll.

She was married twice, and had one son, who died last year. She is survived by her sister, actress Belinda Carroll.