Question: I heard that Carol Burnett's daughter died tragically. Do you know the story?

Answer: Yes, I do, Janean. Carrie Hamilton, the 38-year-old actress, writer and musician whose father was late Carol Burnett Show producer Joe Hamilton, died of cancer-related complications in Los Angeles in 2002.

Of course, it's always sad when someone dies young. But Hamilton, who appeared on the TV series Fame during the last season (1986-87) of its first-run syndicated years and did guest work on Murder, She Wrote, thirtysomething, Beverly Hills 90210, The X-Files and other series, had turned her life around after an adolescence spent battling alcohol and drug addictions. Shortly before she died, she finished cowriting with Burnett the play Hollywood Arms, which focuses on her mother's.

Hamilton was diagnosed with lung cancer while working on the play. In addition to her mother, she left behind two sisters and her father.