The world mourns the loss of Suzanne Somers, the charismatic blonde actress famous for her role as Chrissy Snow on the hit TV show “Three’s Company.” Apart from her acting career, Suzanne was also an accomplished entrepreneur and a New York Times best-selling author. She passed away at the age of 76, leaving behind countless fans who will always remember her infectious energy and charm.
According to a statement from her longtime publicist, R. Couri Hay, Suzanne Somers passed away on Sunday morning after a 23-year battle with breast cancer. Her husband Alan Hamel, son Bruce, and other close family members were with her in Palm Springs, California during her final moments.
According to the statement, the family had planned to gather together to celebrate her 77th birthday on October 16th. However, due to her passing, they have decided to celebrate her remarkable life instead. They express their gratitude towards her millions of fans and followers who held a special place in their hearts.
Somers took to Instagram in July to reveal the unfortunate news that her breast cancer had returned.
“When you hear the news that cancer has returned, you can’t help but feel a sense of dread in your stomach, just like any other cancer patient. However, I don’t let that feeling get the best of me. Instead, I put on my battle gear and prepare for war,” she shared with Entertainment Tonight. “This is a familiar battlefield for me, and I am a tough fighter.”
In 2000, Somers received her initial cancer diagnosis, having already fought skin cancer in the past. Her approach to combating cancer through a chemical-free and organic lifestyle garnered some criticism from those who questioned its efficacy. Despite this, Somers remained steadfast in her belief, even speaking out against chemotherapy in her books and on popular platforms like “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which drew criticism from the American Cancer Society.
Suzanne Somers entered this world in 1946 in San Bruno, California. She was born to a medical secretary mother and a gardener father, but her childhood was not easy. She faced many challenges growing up, including an alcoholic and abusive father. At only 19 years old, she married Bruce Somers after becoming pregnant with her son, also named Bruce. However, the marriage didn’t last, and the couple divorced three years later. To support herself, Somers turned to modeling for “The Anniversary Game,” which is where she met her future husband, Hamel. The two tied the knot in 1977, and the rest is history.
In the late 1960s, she embarked on an acting career, earning her debut credit in the Steve McQueen movie “Bullitt.” However, her breakthrough role came when she was cast as the blonde driving the white Thunderbird in George Lucas’s 1973 film “American Graffiti.” Despite having only one line, which was mouthing the words “I love you” to Richard Dreyfuss’s character, she found herself in the spotlight.
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