Actress Suzanne Somers, known for her role in “Three’s Company” and her iconic fitness promotions on television, has passed away at the age of 76, as confirmed in a statement by her longtime publicist, R. Couri Hay.
Her publicist officially announced that Suzanne Somers has died at her home in California, surrounded by her family. The statement revealed that she had been battling an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years.
Somers had been undergoing treatment for her breast cancer in the Midwest, but unfortunately, it was not successful, leading her to return to California.
Suzanne Somers’ husband, Alan Hamel, presented the actress with a handwritten letter just a day before her passing on a Sunday (October 15). Unfortunately, she passed away a day before her 77th birthday, which was scheduled for Monday.
Alan Hamel’s Heartfelt Love Letter to Suzanne Somers the Day Before Her Passing
As per her publicist R. Couri Hay, Hamel chose to give her the poem a day in advance. Somers read the poem, went to bed, and peacefully passed away in her sleep later.
The note, written in all capital letters, was adorned with pink peonies as a heartfelt touch.
The note began, “Love I use it every day, sometimes several times a day. I use it at the end of emails to my loving family. I even use it in emails to close friends. I use it when I’m leaving the house. There’s love, then love you and I love you!!
Therein lies some of the different ways we use love. Sometimes I feel obliged to use love, responding to someone who signed love in their email, when I’m uncomfortable using love but I use it anyway.”
“I also use love to describe a great meal. I use it to express how I feel about a show on Netflix. I often use love referring to my home, my cat Gloria, to things Gloria does, to the taste of a cantaloupe I grew in my garden.
“I love the taste of a freshly harvested organic royal jumbo medjool date. I love biting a fig off the tree. I love watching two giant blackbirds who live nearby swooping by my window in a power dive.”
“I could go on ad infinitum, but you get it. What brand of love do I feel for my my wife Suzanne? Can I find it in any of the above? A resounding no!!!! There is no version of the word that is applicable to Suzanne and I even use the word applicable advisedly.”
“The closest version in words isn’t even close. It’s not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction. Unconditional love does not do it. I’ll take a bullet for you doesn’t do it. I weep when I think about my feelings for you. Feelings… That’s getting close, but not all the way.”
“55 years together, 46 married and not even one hour apart for 42 of those years. Even that doesn’t do it,” he added. “Even going to bed at 6 o’clock and holding hands while we sleep doesn’t do it. Staring at your beautiful face while you sleep doesn’t do it.”
He concluded, “I’m back to feelings. There are no words. There are no actions. No promises. No declarations.
Even the green shaded scholars of the Oxford University Press have spent 150 years and still have failed to come up with that one word. So I will call it, ‘Us,’ uniquely, magically, indescribably wonderful ‘Us.’”
Know About Alan Hamel, Suzanne Somers’ Husband
Alan Hamel, born on June 30, 1936, is a Canadian figure in the world of entertainment, known for his roles as a producer, television host, and entertainer.
Hamel, who comes from a Jewish background, originally hails from Toronto. He enrolled in the television arts program at Ryerson Institute of Technology back in 1954, although he did not complete his studies there.
Alan Hamel has two children, a son named Stephen and a daughter named Leslie, from his first marriage to Marilyn Hamel.
He met his second wife, the actress and author Suzanne Somers, who was ten years younger than him, while she was working as a prize model on “The Anniversary Game,” a game show he hosted.
Hamel and Somers lived together for approximately a decade before they tied the knot, with their wedding officiated by both a rabbi and a Catholic priest.
In addition to his own children, Hamel became a stepfather to Bruce Somers, Jr., who is Suzanne Somers’ son from a previous marriage during her teenage years. Tragically, Suzanne Somers passed away on the eve of her 77th birthday, on October 15, 2023.