Suzanne Somers, of Three’s Company, the legendary actress, was passed away at the age of 76, a day before her birthday, due to her long lasting battle against cancer.
She had gained incredible fame with her line in the movie, American Graffiti, by George Lucas, where she had said, “I love you.”
She had stated for that occasion, “This is a life-changing moment. Five seconds on film that will never be forgotten,”
“Everybody will always remember the mysterious blonde in the Thunderbird.” said George Lucas to Somers.
“I am really proud of creating that dumb blonde cause she had a moral code. She was lovable,” she had stated about her role in the Three’s Company.
She was fired from the show, because she wanted to be paid equally. “When I got fired, I thought, ‘I should never have asked. Why did I ask? Why did I think I could get paid what men are being paid? Who did I think I was?”
“Rather than thinking, ‘Hey, c’mon. I have the highest demographics of any woman on television. I’m on the No. 1 show. I’m doing the heavy lifting, too,’ I went right into low self-esteem. I hid in my house for a year in absolute grief.”
She had revealed on 2001 that she was diagnosed with cancer, in her appearance on Larry King.
“In the last year I have been battling and surviving breast cancer, and I was in that clinic, and it all has to do with my breast cancer,”
“But it just, you know – I have had such an honest relationship with the American public. I mean, I have written books on alcoholism, and blending families, and they have been with me on my ups and downs and sides. And this was just one of those things – I think the most shocking words I ever thought, I never thought, I would ever in my life hear someone say to me that you have breast cancer. And it was – it has been so…” Somers added.
“I was in such shock. I’m very strong, and I was in such shock because I have always taken care of myself, and, I just thought, it would never happen to me, but I think that is what everybody thinks; it won’t happen to them. And, what’s interesting is what you learn about yourself when you are diagnosed with cancer. And cancer is not for sissies.”
For her treatment, she had revealed that she is trying alternative medicine, instead of chemo. “As I’m hearing the common course of treatment, I – I don’t want to lose my hair, but that was the least of my worries was losing my hair. But I – I don’t like what that drug does to people. What I have seen… Chemotherapy. I have seen people under treatment, there is, you know, I know it helps people. I know it helps.”
“It does [work for breast cancer], but I decided to find alternative things to do,”
“Because I have done so much work in my books about hormones, and that hormonal balance is why people gain or lose weight, and, it was my belief that a balanced environment of hormones prevents disease. And the first thing they said to me, we are taking of off all hormones. I said no, I’m going to continue taking my hormones, which is the first thing against the common course…”
“I didn’t want chemotherapy.” Somers had continued.
While she was on the show, Three’s Company, she had stated that she had cancer three times. “Even when I was Chrissy on Three’s Company, I had had cancer three times,”
“They call it severe hyperplasia in your uterus. I didn’t make a big deal about it,”
On the 15th of October, her publicist, R. Couri Hay announced her passing as, “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,”
“Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband Alan, her son Bruce, and her immediate family,”
“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.”
In his interview with PEOPLE, Hay had stated, “There were all these plans, and she was always working and dreaming and had brought her family into the business, and the grandchildren and step-children were all part of the business,” adding that Suzanne was “very engaged right to the end.”
A source had stated, “She was advised by several people to consider the more conventional approach, but she did not listen,”
“She really only found out that the cancer was back at the beginning of summer so she didn’t have that long to really do anything other than accept it. “ the source had continued on her treatment choice.
“She has always rejected chemo, so it wasn’t even an option. Her friends and loved ones urged her to reconsider so many times during her cancer battles and at the end. She never regretted her decisions, and she was prepared to go. She believed that she lived a life beyond her wildest dreams and truly made a dent in the world.”
“The timing of her passing was a blessing because her loved ones were there. She was able to say her goodbyes to everyone she loved, which was so many people. She was accepting of her fate and went with dignity.” the source continued.
Her longtime husband, Alan Hamel had stated, “Mind you, I am not critical of the concept of alternative and complementary medicine. When used wisely, it can be useful,”
“Indeed, open-mindedness to other ideas is how we advance conventional medicine. Today, conventional medicine has the extract of a tree bark called aspirin or the root of a plant called vincristine because of observations from those who practiced non-conventional medicine.”
“We were in bed together, and her breathing was erratic, and I had been talking to her for hours.”
“There was no response except when I kissed her, she responded, and then around 5 o’clock in the morning, she was gone.”
“She was eating and was, you know, taking her medicine,” Hamel had added.
“All of a sudden, she wasn’t responding, and she wasn’t eating, and she wasn’t taking her meds. As I know her so well, I thought, ‘I wonder if I should call 911?’ And I knew that she wouldn’t want that and that she did not want to go to a hospital.”
“I talked to her for hours every night, and I assumed she could hear me because her lips responded,”
“Hopefully, she was understanding what I was saying.” he concluded.
The authorities had released the cause of death of Somers. They had explained that breast cancer took her, and added that it was spreaded to her brain.
“Hypertension and hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluids in the brain, were also listed as conditions that contributed to Somers’ death,” was reported.
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