Shortly after Capitol debuted, she was diagnosed with cancer, and played many of her scenes in a wheelchair. Jones sadly died in 1983 after a battle with colon cancer, but will always be remembered as the Great Morticia!
Is the original Morticia Addams still alive?
Carolyn Jones, who played matriarch Morticia Addams, died in 1983. John Astin, who played charming paterfamilias Gomez Addams, is still a working actor. Ted Cassidy, who played giant manservant Lurch, died in 1979.
What happened to Morticia from The Addams Family?
Lumbering Ted Cassidy, who played Lurch and Thing (the hand), died after open-heart surgery in 1979, at 46. Former leading lady Carolyn Jones (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), who starred as Morticia, died of cancer in 1983, at 54.