‘Mod Squad’ actress Peggy Lipton dies at 72

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LOS ANGELES — Peggy Lipton, a star of the groundbreaking late 1960s TV show “The Mod Squad” and the 1990s show “Twin Peaks,” has died of cancer. She was 72.

Lipton’s daughters Rashida and Kidada Jones say in a statement that Lipton died Saturday surrounded by her family.

They said in the statement: “Peggy was, and will always be our beacon of light, both in this world and beyond. She will always be a part of us.”

Rashida Jones is an actress known for her work on the sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” Her father is entertainment mogul Quincy Jones, who Lipton was previously married to.

“Her marriage to Jones, who is black while Lipton was white, and her leading role in a TV show that encapsulated the roiling cultural change in America during the 1960s, put her at the center of social and racial debate,” The Wrap commented in a report on Lipton’s death.

Lipton played one of a trio of Los Angeles undercover “hippie cops” on “The Mod Squad,” which aired on ABC.

Lipton was nominated for Emmys and won a Golden Globe in 1971 for her performance on “The Mod Squad.”