What Is Adenocarcinoma? Charlie Robinson of 'Night Court' Dies at 75

Prolific actor Charlie Robinson, who starred in the long-running sitcom Night Court as well as many other productions, has died aged 75.

Robinson died on Sunday at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, his manager told the Associated Press. His cause of death was cardiac arrest with multi-system organ failures due to septic shock, and metastatic adenocarcinoma.

Following his death, his wife and fellow actor Dolorita Noonan-Robinson said in a statement: "Charlie Robinson, was the love of my life, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

"He was truly the working actor's actor, and of all his passions, his craft took center stage, with his family being the wind beneath his wings, so he could soar to unbelievable heights! On behalf of my husband and family, I thank you for being a part of the audience."

What is adenocarcinoma?

Adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that begins in the glandular cells, which are found all over the body. These cells, which release substances such as mucus, digestive juices or other fluids, are found in tissues that line certain internal organs.

Glands help the body to function properly and keep organs moist. But when glandular cells begin growing out of control—the result of mutations that occur in the body's DNA replication process—they may form tumors.

Some of these tumors are not cancerous, known as adenomas. But some, called adenocarcinomas, are and they can spread easily through the soft tissue where they occur.

Most cancers of the breast, pancreas, lung, prostate, and colon are adenocarcinomas.

Adenocarcinomas are a subtype of carcinomas—the most common form of cancer. Typically, adenocarcinomas form solid tumors.

Adenocarcinoma symptoms vary depending on which organ is affected. In many cases, the patient experiences no symptoms or only mild symptoms until the cancer is advanced.

Who was Charlie Robinson?

Houston native Robinson is best known for his long-running role as a clerk court and Vietnam veteran in the NBC sitcom Night Court, which aired between 1984 and 1992.

Robinson appeared in films including Secret Santa, Miss Lettie and Me, stage productions of Driving Miss Daisy and Fences, as well as in the TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and 30 Rock.

Robinson's acting career began in the late 1960s and he made his film debut with a small role in the 1971 independent film Drive, He Said, which was directed by Jack Nicholson.

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Charlie Robinson pictured accepting an award on November 13, 2006, in Los Angeles, California. Robinson died on Sunday at the age of 75. Ryan Miller/Getty Images