On 12 October 2020, Ferrell passed away due to complications following a cardiac arrest, according to Deadline. She was surrounded by family at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Sherman Oaks, California, at the time of her death.
Ferrell’s husband Arnie Anderson told TMZ that the actress was hospitalized in May after feeling ill. She spent more than four weeks in the intensive care unit and went into cardiac arrest at one point, which Anderson said lasted for about 10 minutes.
Following that, she was transferred to a long-term care facility and put on a respirator and dialysis, unable to speak or communicate.
Anderson further told TMZ that while he spoke with his wife’s nurse frequently, he wasn’t able to visit her at the time due to coronavirus guidelines.
The actress had told TMZ in February that she had been hospitalized for a kidney infection in December in Charleston, West Virginia, where she had been living at her vacation home since Thanksgiving.
The infection spread and began contaminating her blood, she said. She spent a few weeks in the ICU before she was released and put into transitional care in January. She spent the month bedridden as she recovered at home, going through physical therapy several times a day. The actress told the outlet her husband was by her side throughout the ordeal and worked tirelessly to care for her.
Ferrell was well-known for playing Charlie Sheen’s beloved housekeeper Berta on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. She was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series in 2005 and 2007. She also received a nomination for playing Susan Bloom in L.A. Law in 1992.
Other than that, Ferrell has also starred in the TV series The Ranch, Grace and Frankie and The Wild Thornberrys. She had roles in the films Deported, A Very Nutty Christmas, Citizen Tony, Frankenweenie and many more.