Suzanne Somers, best known for her roles in TV’s “Three’s Company” and “She’s the Sheriff,” has died at 76.
Somers’ longtime publicist, R. Couri Hay, shared a statement on behalf of the actress’ family with the news Sunday. The actress, who “survived an aggressive form” of breast cancer for over 23 years, “passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours” on Sunday,” the statement read.
“Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband Alan, her son Bruce, and her immediate family,” the statement continued. “Her family was gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on Oct. 16th. Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life, and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly.”
Somers told the outlet in an interview published Sunday before news of her death was announced that she planned to be with her “nearest and dearest,” including her “beloved husband Alan (Hamel), our three children, Leslie, Stephen, and Bruce, (his wife) Caroline, plus our six wonderful grandchildren.”
The actress was first diagnosed in 2000, and had previously battled skin cancer.
While she appeared in many television shows in the 1970s, including “The Rockford Files,” “Magnum Force” and “The Six Million Dollar Man,” her most famous part didn’t come until she landed the role of Chrissy Snow on the ABC sitcom “Three’s Company.”
The show aired from 1977 to 1984, but in 1981 − after asking for a raise per episode appearance − Somers was phased out and soon fired.
Somers was born in 1946 in San Bruno, California, to a gardener father and a medical secretary mother.