‘It’s been unbearable’: Sarah Jessica Parker breaks silence over death of Willie Garson whom she first met on a blind date years before forging a close bond on Sex And The City and in real life
- Willie Garson died Tuesday at age 57 after battling pancreatic cancer
- Sarah Jessica Parker mourned the actor Friday saying it had been ‘unbearable’
- ‘Sometimes silence is a statement,’ she wrote alongside a vintage snap
- The SATC co-stars had been close friends for over 30 years
- They reportedly first met on a blind date, though it did not work romantically
- Both known for playing best friends Carrie Bradshaw and Stanford Blatch
Sarah Jessica Parker has broken her silence following the death of her close friend and Sex and the City co-star Willie Garson.
Garson passed away at the age of 57 on Tuesday following a battle with pancreatic cancer, prompting a flood of tributes from friends and colleagues.
However, close friend Parker, 56, had waited to give her response until Friday, saying that it had been ‘unbearable’ in a moving Instagram post, while sharing a series of vintage snaps of the two actors together.
‘It’s been unbearable,’ Parker’s emotional post began, adding: ‘Sometimes silence is a statement.’
‘It’s been unbearable’: Sarah Jessica Parker breaks her silence over death of friend and SATC co-star Willie Garson who died at 57 of pancreatic cancer (pictured together above)
Long before working together playing best friends Carrie Bradshaw and Stanford Blatch respectively, the pair had been real-life friends for over thirty years.
The pair are even said to have first met on a blind date, and while it didn’t work out romantically, they remained friends both on and off screen.
Parker’s tribute continued: ‘Of the gravity. The anguish. The magnitude of the loss of a 30 + year friendship.’
‘A real friendship that allowed for secrets, adventure, a shared professional family, truth, concerts, road trips, meals, late night phone calls, a mutual devotion to parenthood and all the heartaches and joy that accompany, triumphs, disappointments, fear, rage and years spent on sets (most especially Carrie’s apartment) and laughing late into the night as both Stanford and Carrie and Willie and SJ.’
The lengthy post continued: ‘Willie. I will miss everything about you. And replay our last moments together. I will re-read every text from your final days and put to pen our last calls.’
Touching tribute: SJP mourned the loss of her friend of over 30 years, Willie Garson, in a moving Instagram post on Friday
Longtime friends: Prior to Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker and Willie Garson were already firm friends
Intimate: The SATC star shared never-before-seen pictures of herself and the late actor, as they appeared to be on holiday together
Snapshots of a life: Another throwback image shows both SJP and Garson wearing shades while swimming together
Fond memories: Sarah also shared this picture of them together on set of the film in 2007
‘Your absence a crater that I will fill with blessing of these memories and all the ones that are still in recesses yet to surface.
‘My love and deepest sympathies and condolences to you dear Nathen. You were and are the light of Willie’s life and his greatest achievement was being your Papa.
‘These were his last words to me. “Great bangles all around.” Yes. Godspeed Willie Garson. RIP. X, SJ.’
Shocking: The pair were only pictured together just this summer on July 24 in New York City, where they were filming SATC spin-off And Just Like That…
The tragic news came as a huge shock to fans of the beloved HBO series, that is just about to get a spin-off version titled And Just Like That.
Garson was seen reprising his role as Stanford, alongside Parker as Carrie, while filming in New York City just this summer – with the pair being pictured on July 24.
One touching photo of the pair between takes, shows Garson planting a kiss on Parker’s cheek.
Alluding to knowing about his illness, Parker said in her statement that she would ‘re-read’ every text she received from his ‘final days’ and plans to write out their final calls shared together.
Iconic friendship: Fans of the beloved show will always remember Willie as Carrie’s best friend Stanford Blatch
Longtime friends: Garson previously revealed how he knew both Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon long before working on Sex and the City
In June this year, Garson told UsWeekly about his close bond with Parker, saying: ‘As you probably know, Sarah Jessica and I were friends for 10 years before the show. And we’re still the closest of friends,’ he told them, adding: ‘We talk almost every day.’
Garson added that he knew both Parker and Cynthia Nixon – who plays Miranda – as ‘children’ because they were all actors in New York City.
‘We were the three who kind of knew each other a little bit. And I knew Sarah very well, but I didn’t know Cynthia that well. So I just, I miss spending more time with her,’ he continued in the interview.
The new Sex and the City series will be dedicated to late actor Willie Garson, who died of pancreatic cancer at age 57 this week
DailyMail.com reported Friday that the new Sex and the City series will be dedicated to late actor – and his death may be written into season two, show insiders have revealed.
A source close to the show told DailyMail.com that with the script already ‘set in stone’ and Garson’s part largely filmed in July, his passing will not be included as a plot point in the HBO Max reboot And Just Like That.
But executives and writers, including Sarah Jessica Parker, are considering how to deal with his absence in the second run, the insider said, and added that the first season will be dedicated to him in the credits when it hits screens in the next few months.
On Wednesday, Parker’s co-star Kristin Davis gave an intimate look at her close bond with Garson, sharing a heartfelt tribute that described him as someone who could ‘immediately’ make her laugh.
Adoption advocates: The performer, who became a mom twice through adoption, went on to pay homage to Garson’s ‘fearless commitment to single fatherhood’
Tragic: Other members of the Sex And The City family, including his co-stars Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall, also paid their respects on social media
Loss: Kim said her friend’s passing was a ‘sad loss’ as she extended her condolences to his family
‘I first met Willie in 1995 on the spooky nighttime set of the X-files,’ the 56-year-old Emmy nominee recalled. ‘Little did I know that we would have the joy of sharing Sex and the City + And Just Like That together.’
She continued: ‘Willie is beloved by our entire community. He was smarter and funnier than you ever would have imagined. We are bereft without him.’
The performer, who became a mom to her two children Gemma and Wilson through adoption, went on to pay homage to his ‘fearless commitment to single fatherhood.’
‘We spoke about being single parents through adoption often,’ Davis told her more than one million Instagram followers. ‘And nothing gave him more joy and pride than his son Nathen.’
Never forgotten: The beloved actor, who famously portrayed ‘gay talent agent’ Stanford Blatch in HBO’s Sex And The City; pictured with Sarah Jessica Parker
‘Nathen’s strength and wisdom beyond his years are evident in his beautiful tribute to his dad. The outpouring of love is earned dear Willie,’ she added.
The Deadly Illusions star concluded: ‘I am thankful for all of the time we had and grateful that so much of your bright light is on film forever. Maybe we can do our podcast the next time around? We love you forever xoxo.’
Garson adopted his 20-year-old son Nathan, when he was just seven and a half.
Other members of the Sex And The City family, including his co-stars Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall, also paid their respects on social media.
Cynthia, who played Miranda Hobbes on the show, gushed over Willie, who starred as ‘gay talent agent’ Stanford Blatch, and spoke of how ‘endlessly funny he was on-screen and in real life,’ while Kim, who played the fiery Samantha Jones, called his passing: ‘A terribly sad loss for the SATC family’.
Willie’s son Nathen confirmed the news on Instagram on Tuesday, while another family member spoke to Variety. A TMZ source said the actor had been ‘battling cancer.’
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