Suzanne Somers Dies: ‘Three’s Company’ Star was 76

OCTOBER 25, 2008: Suzanne Somers at the 30th Anniversary Carousel Of Hope Ball held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. — Photo by PopularImages

Suzanne Somers, an actress, entrepreneur and author who rose to fame on the 1970s sitcom Three’s Company, has died.

Her publicist R. Couri Hay told multiple media outlets the actress died this weekend after a long cancer battle.

“Suzanne Somers passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of October 15th,” Hay said in a statement. “She survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years.”

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The rep added that Somers was surrounded by loved ones when she passed away, including her husband Alan, son Bruce, and her immediate family, who had gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on Oct. 16.

Somers was born Suzanne Marie Mahoney in San Bruno, California, in 1946.

She began acting in the late 1960s, picking up small parts in movies and TV shows, including The Rockford Files, One Day at a Time, The Love Boat, and Starsky and Hutch.

Her big break came when she landed a leading role on the hit comedy Three’s Company, alongside John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt. The series about two women sharing an apartment with a man ran from 1977 to 1984. Somers appeared in 100 episodes.