Actress Valerie Harper died today at the age of 80 after a long battle with brain cancer.
Harper starred on the hit series Mary Tyler Moore as her best friend and then on her own CBS show.
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In 2013 the actress was diagnosed with brain cancer, specifically ‘”leptomeningeal carcinomatosis”, an incurable condition in which cancer cells spread into the membrane surrounding the brain.
At the time she was given only three months to live, but eight months later, she went public with the fact the cancer was in remission.
Amazingly, she was able to be cast on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and many believed there was hope for the actress to be completely cancer free.
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In July, her family launched a GoFundMe to help the star, saying ““Valerie is currently taking a multitude of medications and chemotherapy drugs as well as going through extreme physical and painful challenges now with around the clock, 24/7 care immediately needed which is not covered by insurance,” her longtime friend Deanna wrote on the page. “This is just part of the daily cost that is without a doubt a financial burden that could never be met alone.”
It wasn’t the first time Harper dealt with medial issues, in 2009, surgeons removed a tumor from her right lung.
Harper broke into the business after she was spotted a casting director and the CBS vice president at the time asked to audition for Mary Tyler Moore which launched in 1970.
The 80-year old actress will be sorely missed.