Sarah Jessica Parker is mourning the loss of her dear friend and co-star, Willie Garson.
The Blast reported on Tuesday, September 21, the “Sex and the City” actor passed away at the age of 57. He had been battling pancreatic cancer; however, it’s unknown if cancer was the cause of his death.
The veteran actor played the role of Stanford Blatch on the hit HBO series, and was a series regular throughout all six seasons AND appeared in both of the spinoff movies.
He had reprised his role as Stanford for the ‘SATC’ reboot, “And Just Like That…” and was spotted filming with SJP earlier this summer.
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In addition to Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) and Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Willie was an integral part in Carrie Bradshaw’s (Parker) life and storyline.
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While a handful of his co-stars have sent their well wishes and grievances, Parker just can’t seem to bring herself to publicly speak out about her dear friend’s passing.
Christopher Noth, who plays Mr. Big, posted a tribute to Willie on Instagram on September 22.
He simply wrote, “Willie❤️💔.”
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Parker was spotted in the comments section and wrote, “Thank you dearest Chris. I’m not ready yet. Xxx.”
Cattrall, who will not be reprising her role as Samantha in the reboot, took to Twitter to commemorate Willie.
She posted a photo her and Willie in character writing, “Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo.”
Nixon tweeted, “So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @WillieGarson. We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional— always.
Davis commended Willie for not only being a great actor, but a loving single father as well.
In a lengthy Instagram post she wrote, “I first met Willie in 1995 on the spooky nighttime set of the X-files. He immediately made me laugh. Little did I know that we would have the joy of sharing Sex and the City + And Just Like That together. Willie is beloved by our entire community. He was smarter and funnier than you ever would have imagined. We are bereft without him.”
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Her note then focused on Willie as a father.
“But I really want to pay tribute to his fearless commitment to single fatherhood. We spoke about being single parents through adoption often. And nothing gave him more joy and pride than his son Nathen,” she wrote. “Nathen’s strength and wisdom beyond his years are evident in his beautiful tribute to his dad. The outpouring of love is earned dear Willie. I am thankful for all of the time we had and grateful that so much of your bright light is on film forever. Maybe we can do our pod cast the next time around? We love you forever xoxo.”
Willie adopted his son Nathen when he was 12-years-old.