Black Celebrities “Girlfriends” star Reggie Hayes Hospitalized For Congestive Heart Failure, Struggling To Get Work

CW Photo: Actor Reggie Hayes

By Victor Omondi – Reggie Hayes hasn’t had a smooth life after the “Girlfriends.” Twenty years after the Mara Brock-Akil-created series premiered, Hayes, who gained fame as William Jerrowme Dent, Esq. on the hit show, is experiencing unmatched challenges.

“We’re still not sure what’s going on, I gotta take more tests,” Hayes revealed during a Wednesday interview published by Tribune’s Nina Metz. “But I have congestive heart failure and it was difficult to breathe. Here in L.A., the sky has been orange with smoke (because of wildfires) and it was just really terrible. So I was in the hospital overnight, they were having trouble getting my blood pressure back down. Seems like the more they look, the more problems they find.”

Despite the health problems Hayes is experiencing, he’s happy he doesn’t have the Coronavirus.

The “Girlfriends,” the Black’s community answer to “Sex and the City,” ran from 2000 to 2008, with Tracee Ellis Ross highlighted as the nucleus of a squad comprised of four Black women, including Golden Brooks, Jill Marie Jones, and Persia White.

“It’s not my most proud time,” the actor said.

Only a few TV actors make enough money, so that they never have to work again, and despite trying, Hayes said he’s getting many opportunities ever since the show came to a close.

“I had starred on this long-running show but I wasn’t Matt LeBlanc or one of the other kids from ‘Friends’ who had doors opening for them after their show ended. Pretty much, I was just another guy,” Hayes said.

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