Actress Suzanne Somers died on Sunday at the age of 76. She would have been 77 years old on Monday.
“Suzanne Somers passed away peacefully at home in the early hours of October 15th. She survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years,” said R. Couri Hay – the “Three’s Company” actress’ longtime publicist.
“Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband Alan, her son Bruce and her immediate family,” the statement said. “Her family was gathered on October 16 to celebrate her 77th birthday. Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life and thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her so much.”
In 2000, Somers was diagnosed with breast cancer.
In July, Somers updated her fans about her health in an Instagram post that said:
As I take time off from work, many of you have asked for more details about my health. As you know, I had breast cancer two decades ago and every now and then it comes back and I continue to fight it. I have used the best alternative and conventional treatments to combat this. This is not new territory for me. I know how to put on my combat gear and I’m a fighter. Alan was by my side every step of the way. I can’t even explain how much he has done for me. If it’s even possible, we’re even closer than ever before. My incredible family have been so supportive and have helped me a lot in keeping the business going so you can continue to have access to all the wonderful products. Thank you for the continued love and support. It’s all about who you love and who loves you – and I love you!
Somers is best known for her role as Chrissy Snow on the television sitcom Three’s Company alongside actors John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt and Don Knotts. Three’s Company aired from 1976 to 1984.
Known for her comedic skills, the star actress also starred in the hit sitcom “Step by Step” from 1991 to 1998.
Somers is survived by her husband of 46 years, Alan Hamel, her son from her previous marriage in the 1970s and six grandchildren.
A private family funeral will be held this week and a memorial service will be held in November.
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