“Suzanne Somers passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of October 15th. She survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years,” publicist R. Couri Hay said in a statement to Page Six.
“Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband, Alan [Hamel], her son, Bruce [Somers Jr.], and her immediate family,” the statement continued. “Her family was gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on October 16th. Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life, and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly.”
On Three’s Company — which aired from 1977 to 1984 — Somers starred in the first five seasons as Chrissy Snow (pictured above), who shares an apartment with Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and Jack Tripper (John Ritter), all of whom pretend that Jack is gay to appease an otherwise-disapproving landlord.
Somers later returned to ABC for the sitcom Step by Step, playing Carol Foster-Lambert, the matriarch of a blended family. That series aired from 1991 to 1998.
Other celebrities are mourning Somers’ loss on social media. “Suzanne Sommers has passed away, which is such tragic news,” Bethenny Frankel said in an Instagram Stories update. “I had the pleasure of getting to know her. She is a force, she is groundbreaking, she is love. She was married to her soulmate [and] best friend. They were inseparable. She’s a family person. She’s about research and fighting for what she believes in when that takes tremendous courage and it’s not popular. Wow. I really, really, really had so much respect for her. … What a wonderful person. I’m so, so sorry. Sorry to Suzanne’s family. What a tremendous loss on such a week of tremendous loss.”
“This one hurts my heart,” Khloé Kardashian said on Instagram. “I’ll never forget your positive looking outlook on life. Your sweet heart and gentle spirit! Rest, dance, smile in paradise…”