Actress Suzanne Somers dies following 50-year battle with cancer

 October 16, 2023

Fans of Suzanne Somers were left heartbroken this weekend to learn that the Hollywood star had passed away. 

According to Page Six, the actress' death came on Sunday, just one day before what would have been her 77th birthday.

Actress died at home with family by her side

"Suzanne Somers passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of October 15," publicist R. Couri Hay was quoted as telling the website.

"She survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years," Hay continued. "Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband, Alan [Hamel], her son, Bruce, and her immediate family."

Hay pointed out how rather than celebrating her birthday, Somers' family "will celebrate her extraordinary life, and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly."

The publicist went on to explain that "[a] private family burial will take place this week, with a memorial to follow next month."

Somers battled cancer for five decades

Meanwhile, a friend told Page Six that Somers "died in her new 'all green home' in Palm Springs in her sleep with her loving husband by her side."

Page Six noted that Somers told Entertainment Tonight this past summer that her struggle with cancer spanned five decades.

"I have been living with cancer since my 20s. And every time that little f—ker pops up, I continue to bat it back. I do my best not to let this insidious disease control me," she added.

"It’s a recurrence of my breast cancer. Like any cancer patient, when you get that dreaded 'It’s back,' you get a pit in your stomach. Then I put on my battle gear and go to war. This is a familiar battleground for me and I’m very tough," Somers concluded.

Trump calls Somers "a great actress and person"

Tributes to Somers quickly appeared on social media, including from former President Donald Trump, who praised the actress on his Truth Social account.

"We lost a great Actress and person yesterday, Suzanne Somers. She was strong, inspirational, kind, and although you’re not supposed to say it anymore, very beautiful," Trump wrote.

"She loved our Country, and brought light to everything and everyone she touched, and will be greatly missed," the former president declared before adding, "The World loved you, Suzanne!"

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