Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: HBO
Sex and the City star Willie Garson has died at the age of 57.
The actor - who played Carrie Bradshaw's gay best friend Stanford Blatch on the hit HBO show - passed away yesterday [21 September 2021] after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Garson, who was straight, is survived by his 18-year-old adopted son Nathen.
Garson appeared in all six seasons of Sex and the City, as well as the two follow-up films. This year, he reprised his role in the prequel reboot series And Just Like That... The 10-part show is due to air later this year.
"Joy and light"
Although the exact cause of death is yet to be made public, Sex and the City executive producer Michael Patrick King confirmed Garson's passing in a statement yesterday.
Said King: “The Sex and the City family has lost one of its own. Our amazing Willie Garson. His spirit and his dedication to his craft was present every day filming And Just Like That. He was there – giving us his all – even while he was sick. His multitude of gifts as an actor and person will be missed by everyone. In this sad, dark moment we are comforted by our memory of his joy and light.”
A statement from HBO reads: “Willie Garson was in life, as on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light for everyone in his universe. He created one of the most beloved characters from the HBO pantheon and was a member of our family for nearly 25 years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.”