The partner of popular TV host Suzanne Whang has shared their heartbreaking final moments together following her death from breast cancer aged 56.
Jeff Vezain made the tribute on Ms Whang’s official website, dedicated to tracking the star’s career which included hosting House Hunters and featuring in Las Vegas and Arrested Development.
“A lifetime of love, adventure, humour and bliss now lives in our memories,” he wrote.
“On Tuesday evening (September 17th) around 7:20pm, Suzanne breathed her last breath here at home, as I knelt beside her and caressed her.
“For thirteen years she confronted cancer with courage, humor, determination and optimism.”
Ms Whang hosted both House Hunters, from 1999 to 2000 and again in 2008 until 2011, as well as its spinoff, House Hunters International, from 2009 to 2012.
She was also an actress, whose mostly TV credits date back to the early ‘90s. She worked on shows from the gritty NYPD Blue to sitcom Two and a Half Men and General Hospital, the long-running, daytime soap opera.
Whang was born in Virginia to Korean parents and studied at Yale University and Brown University.
She was studying for her doctorate in cognitive psychology when she decided to become an actress and comedian instead after working as an extra on Spenser: For Hire.
In the comedy world, Ms Whang often used her stand-up routines to talk about her heritage, and she notably embraced Asian stereotypes with her character Sung Hee Park.
After a diverse career, Ms Whang’s circle of friends included many from the entertainment industry.
Vanessa Marcil, her co-star on both Las Vegas and General Hospital, chose Ms Whang to be the godmother to Kassius, the now-teenage son she shares with BH90210 actor Brian Austin Green.
In June, Marcil was on the planning committee for a fundraiser to support Ms Whang.
Ms Marcil paid tribute to her close friend on social media in the wake of her death, sharing snaps throughout the past two decaude.
Words by Raechal Shewfelt.
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