American sitcom star Suzanne Somers died a day before her 77th birthday.

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american actress suzanne somers died of cancer the day before her 77th birthday.
american actress suzanne somers died of cancer the day before her 77th birthday.

The American actress Suzanne Somers is dead. Somers died on Sunday morning at the age of 76 in Palm Springs, California, her family announced through their spokesman R. Couri Hay.

Her husband Alan Hamel, her son Bruce and other relatives were with her. Somers became internationally known with the sitcom “Jack of Hearts with Two Ladies” and later played a leading role in the series “A Strong Family” alongside Patrick Duffy.

The cancer only returns in July

american actress suzanne somers died of cancer the day before her 77th birthday.
American actress Suzanne Somers died of cancer the day before her 77th birthday.

 

“Her family was gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on October 16,” the statement said. “Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly.”

Somers suffered from breast cancer for many years . In July, she wrote on Instagram that the cancer had returned. She now wanted to put on her combat gear again and go to war against cancer, she said in a television program at the time:

This is a familiar battlefield for me and I’m very tough. Suzanne Somers, actress

Somers was first diagnosed with cancer in 2000 and later also had skin cancer.

She faced some criticism from the American Cancer Society, for example, because she spoke out against the use of chemotherapy in books and on talk shows.

Instead, she maintained a chemical-free and organic lifestyle to combat the illnesses, she said.

Somers was a celebrated TV series star of the 70s

Somers was a celebrated TV series star of the 70s
Somers was a celebrated TV series star of the 70s

Somers appeared in many television series and films in the ’70s, including:

  • Detective Rockford – call is enough
  • Calahan
  • The Six Million Dollar Man

But her most famous role was in “Jack of Hearts with Two Ladies ,” which aired on ABC from 1977 to 1984.

She also played the mother Carol in the series “A Strong Family” which aired until 1998 . “Jack of Hearts with Two Ladies” was also broadcast on German private television in the 1990s. In the series about an unusual shared apartment, she starred as a quirky blonde alongside John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt.

The actress grew up in difficult circumstances

Creating her character was “an intellectual challenge,” she said in a TV interview in 2020. She asked herself how she could make the character seem “sympathetic and lovable” because “dumb blondes are annoying.”

It ultimately “gave her a moral code,” said Somers, who grew up in difficult circumstances in California. She imagined that her character embodied the childhood “that I would have liked to have had.”

When she later demanded to be paid the same salary as Ritter, she was written out of the series.

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