Suzanne Somers’ on-screen husband Patrick Duffy has spoken out and paid the late sitcom legend a tear-jerking tribute.
The 76-year-old Three’s Company and Step by Step star Suzanne Somers passed away on October 15 after a lengthy battle with breast cancer.
Tributes to the iconic actress have since begun pouring in. Among them was also the message from Patrick Duffy who played Somers character’s husband in the ABC sitcom Step by Step between 1991 and 1998.
In a lengthy post, Duffy said the actress made a huge impact not only on him but on the entire world with her outstanding performance.
“As with everyone who knew her, I was stunned yesterday by the news that my dear and deep friend Suzanne had passed,” the actor wrote.
“For that brief moment it was unbelievable. But indeed she has passed. She beautifully passed through my life on this leg of her endless journey. My task now is to remain on the roadside as she continues on.”
The Dallas nighttime soap star went on to say he will miss their phone calls, visits, shared meals, and laughter before insisting that her memory will live on and that “the dialogue of deep and thoughtful, and silly and frivolous continues.”
“My conversations with her now will be held solely through my daily Buddhist practice,” Duffy added.
In her tribute, the director also recalled making plans with Somers and her husband Alan shortly before the woman passed away.
“I am not alone in wishing I had one more face-to-face with her and Alan, but had we had that meeting last Friday I would still be yearning for just one more today. It is the painful beauty of our present human reality,” he concluded.
“What strength and support I can muster I send to Alan and [her son] Bruce and her family. And to her I say; When the stone of your life dropped in this pond you made quite a ripple my friend. Thank you.”
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