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We’re heartbroken after hearing the news that beloved actor Willie Garson has died, aged 57.
The actor was best known for his roles as Mozzie in US police procedural, White Collar, and of course, Carrie Bradshaw’s best male friend, Stanford Blatch, in Sex and the City. He was one of the many actors who signed up to reprise his role in the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That, which is currently in production. It’s not clear how much he had filmed before his passing.
Although his exact cause of death hasn’t been revealed yet, Sex and the City executive producer Michael Patrick King mentioned that the actor had been sick in the statement he released following his death.
“The Sex and the City family has lost one of its own. Our amazing Willie Garson,” Michael Patrick King said in a statement.
“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 spokesperson for HBO also issued a heartfelt statement following the late actor’s death, saying he was a “bright light” for everyone…
“Willie Garson was in life, as on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light for everyone in his universe,” the statement read.
“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.”
As well as White Collar and Sex and the City, Willie Garson also appeared in TV shows such as Friends, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ally McBeal, and Boy Meets World, to name just a few, and films such as There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Fever Pitch and Groundhog Day.
As expected, Willie Garson received loving and heartfelt tributes from his many co-stars, as well as famous friends, family, fans, and his 19-year-old son Nathen.
“I love you so much papa. Rest In Peace and I’m so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much. I’m so proud of you,” the 19-year-old, who Willie Garson adopted back in 2009, shared.
“I will always love you, but I think it’s time for you to go on an adventure of your own. You’ll always be with me. Love you more than you will ever know and I’m glad you can be at peace now.
“You always were the toughest and funniest and smartest person I’ve known. I’m glad you shared [your] love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it.”
Tributes from his Sex and the City co-stars also poured in…
“So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @WillieGarson. We all loved him and adored working with him,” Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda Hobbes, wrote.
“He was endlessly funny on-screen and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional.”
“We are bereft without him,” added Kristin Davis, who plays the role of Charlotte York Goldenblatt.
“He was smarter and funnier than you ever would have imagined.”
Kim Cattrall, who expertly played the role of Samantha Jones in the Sex and the City TV show and the two movies – but is not returning for the And Just Like That reboot – also shared a heartfelt message on social media.
“Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo,” she wrote on Twitter, alongside a picture of the two of them from the show.
Sarah Jessica Parker said she was “not ready” to post a message on social media just yet and simply replied to a tribute from co-star Chris Noth, who plays Mr. Big on the show.
Commenting under Chris Noth’s tribute, which was a picture of Sarah and Willie laughing on set with the simple caption, “Willie,” SJP wrote: “Thank you dearest Chris. I’m not ready yet. Xxx.”
RIP to one of the greatest and best-loved actors of our time. Sex and the City wouldn’t have been the same without him!