Shocking: Suzanne Somers dies aged 76

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Suzanne Somers, 76, of Los Angeles, died after a long battle with cancer, according to her spokeswoman.

“Her family was gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday,” according to a statement released to the media.

“Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life, and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly.”

Suzanne Somers was an author and fitness guru in addition to being an actress.

She began her acting career in the late 1960s and early 1970s with modest roles on television shows such as The Love Boat and One Day at a Time before getting the role of Chrissy Snow in Three’s Company in 1977.

Somers appeared on the show for five of its eight seasons before being sacked due to a compensation disagreement.

She returned to on-screen acting in the early 1990s, after a gap that included a stint as an entertainment in Las Vegas, with a lead role in Step by Step, which ran for seven seasons.

Suzanne Somers

Her later television appearances included co-hosting Candid Camera, hosting her own talk program The Suzanne program, and appearing on Dancing with the Stars.

Suzanne Somers has amassed a multimillion-dollar fitness empire, appearing in ads for ThighMaster and ButtMaster training equipment and authoring multiple self-help books on topics ranging from wellness to weight loss. In 2019, she established her own beauty line.

She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in her 50s and disclosed on social media in July that it had returned after being in remission.

“I know how to put on my battle gear, and I’m a fighter,” she explained on Instagram.

According to her spokesperson, Suzanne Somers will be buried privately next week, with a memorial service in November.

Somers’ husband and children survive her.

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