He then tied the knot with Yvonne Marie Grace in 1994, with whom he shared one daughter, Mia.
Following the sad news of Eddie’s death, Cindy Williams and Michael McKeon are now the only surviving cast members from Laverne & Shirley.
Fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to Eddie.
Michael Shane penned: “RIP Eddie Mekka. You truly were the Big Ragu. #RagsToRiches.”
Alyfornia added: “When I was 4, I met Eddie Mekka aka Carmine, at a family friend’s home in Newhall, CA. I’ll never forget how kind he was to us and how he jumped up on the roof of a car to do a little dance for my friend and I. He even tried to teach us to tap dance!! RIP Carmine! #EddieMekka.”