During a recent interview, the Canadian entertainer divulged that the “Three’s Company” actress is getting buried in a pair of Timberland boots was directly tied to their “early morning routine” before her passing in October 2023.
According to the death certificate obtained by The Blast, Somers’ immediate cause of death was “breast cancer with metastasis to the brain,” with other underlying conditions being hypertension and hydrocephalus.
Alan Hamel & Suzanne Somers Created Sweet Memories Through Hiking
Over 50 years, Somers and Hamel lived alongside the California mountains in Malibu and Palm Springs, allowing them to establish an “early morning routine” that involved the former’s signature footwear.
Part of their routine, as the 87-year-old shared, “always involved hiking to the top of one of the mountains, where there was a creek and a large flat rock in the middle of the creek.”
He stated that by the time they reached their destination, which took an estimated two hours, “the rock had been warmed by the morning sun.” He added that he and his deceased wife “would have our lunch on the rock and then take a one-hour nap on the rock and then hike back down and go to work.”
With such a sweet memory, it made sense that Hamel opted to lay Somers to rest with Timberlands. On that, he reminisced:
“Suzanne never really had boots designed for hiking on the rocks, so I ordered the Timberland boots. [I] made my gift personal by drawing on them in a few words that represented our life to some degree and made them very personal to Suzanne.”
The television host further detailed that the “Step by Step” alum possessed “every Manolo Blahnik ever made.” Still, he felt it would be “predictable but not very personal” for her to be adorned with them for her final journey.
Besides that, the “Vacation Time” co-host also remembered Somers telling him, “‘I am wearing you, and my boots will keep me safe,'” every time she wore the Timberlands.
The mother of one had passed away one day before her 77th birthday on October 15. Due to that, family members who initially planned to gather for a birthday celebration chose a different way to commemorate the day, as revealed by Hamel to PEOPLE. He recalled to the publication:
“We actually toasted last night. We had, I think, 12 of us here, and all toasted Suzanne. I’m positive we’ll do something today. I don’t know what it will be, but it will involve a lot of cake because Suzanne was crazy for cake.”
Her loved ones reconvened on November 30 to “celebrate Suzanne’s incredible life” and her remarkable Hollywood career.
Hamel Will Continue His Late Partner’s Business As Part Of Her Dying Wish
In the days after her death, Hamel revealed that he and the “Starsky & Hutch” actress had shared a “passionate and beautiful last kiss” and embarked on a final road trip from Illinois to California.
The journey, spanning through Utah and Nevada, filled Somers with excitement as she enjoyed nothing more than experiencing and being one with nature. The father-of-two conveyed;
“Suzanne and I love to see middle America and how real Americans lived. We got hooked at one point on this TV show called 100 Rodeos, 100 Days because we like to see how these people went together to rodeos — it was families and cowboy hats, and this was the real heart of America.”
He also claimed he had a vision of the beloved “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” guest star soon after her passing. Recounting the experience, the “Nightcap” actor asserted, “I was alone in bed, half asleep, when I reached out for her hand, and I saw her looking at me. It felt like she was there.”
Ultimately, Hamel is determined to fulfill Somers’s dying wish for him to continue offering organic products to her clientele. He said she wanted her customers to receive the best quality products even in her absence.