Suzanne Somers, best known for her roles in Three’s Company and Step by Step, has died.
Somers died Sunday morning, People confirmed. She will turn 77 on Monday.
“Suzanne Somers passed away peacefully at home on the morning of October 15. She survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for more than 23 years,” said Somers’ longtime publicist R. Kauri Hay wrote in a statement shared on behalf of the actress’s family.
The statement continued, “Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband Alan, her son Bruce and her immediate family.” “His family had gathered to celebrate his 77th birthday on October 16. Instead, they will celebrate his extraordinary life, and thank his millions of fans and followers who loved him so much.
In a separate statement, Hay also told People that the “beautiful home” where Somers spent her final moments was “one of her dreams.”
Her publicist said, “There were all these plans and she was always working and dreaming and bringing her family into the business, and the grandchildren and stepchildren were all part of the business.” Ending.”
According to Hay, there will be a private family funeral this week and a memorial will be held in November.
Ahead of her birthday, Somers told People that she was looking forward to spending the special day with her loved ones.
The actress and entrepreneur shared that she planned to be with her “nearest and dearest” on her birthday, including her “dear husband Alan [Hamel], our three children, Leslie, Stephen and Bruce, [her wife] Caroline, and ours”. Six wonderful grandchildren.”
In the same interview, Hamel, who married Somers in 1977, praised his wife’s resilience.
“Suzanne and I just returned home from the Midwest, where Suzanne received six weeks of intensive physical therapy,” the former TV host tells People. “Even after our five decades together, I still marvel at Suzanne’s amazing determination and commitment.”
In an emotional Instagram post in July, Somers revealed that her breast cancer has returned for the first time since she was first diagnosed in 2000.
Along with a photo of herself and Hamel, 87, she wrote: “As you know, I had breast cancer two decades ago, and every now and then it comes back and I keep battling it. I’ve done the best I can. ” I can.” “I’ve used alternative and traditional treatments to deal with it. This is not new territory for me. I know how to wear my battle gear and I’m a fighter.”
In the same post, the actress also expressed her gratitude for how much Hamel and her entire family have supported her.
He added, “Alan has been with me every step of the way.” “I can’t even explain how much she’s done for me. If it’s possible, we’re closer than ever. My incredible family has been so supportive, and have helped so much to keep the business running so you Everyone can still access the amazing products. Thank you for the continued love and support. It’s all about who you love and who loves you – and I love you!”
In addition to her iconic roles as Chrissie Snow in Three’s Company (1977–1981) and Carol Foster Lambert in Step by Step (1991–1998), Somers also starred as Sheriff Hildy Granger in She’s the Sheriff (1987–1989). acted out. acted out.
The actress was also known for her books – she wrote over 25 books, and was a New York Times best-selling author – and for her health and beauty business ventures, namely Thighmaster exercise equipment.
Somers is survived by his “blended family” – Hamel, his 57-year-old son Bruce, his stepchildren, Stephen and Leslie, and his six grandchildren.