Willie Garson dead – Sex and the City star’s death revealed to be cancer in obituary, Sarah Jessica Parker pays tribute

THE iconic Sex and the City and White Collar star Willie Garson passed away at the age of 57 from pancreatic cancer, his obituary revealed.

The star was best known for his role as Stanford Blatch on SATC alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon.

In his touching Instagram post, son Nathen Garson wrote, "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. 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 you’re love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it."

Willie played the gay BFF to Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw and appeared in 27 episodes in total throughout the six seasons of the show, running from 1998 to 2004.

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  • H. J. Hayes

    SEE KRISTIN DAVIS' TRIBUTE TO WILLIE GARSON

    Sex and the City's Kristin Davis paid tribute to Garson and praised his abilities as a single father while sending love to his son.

    "I first met Willie in 1995 on the spooky nighttime set of the X-files," she wrote.

    "He immediately made me laugh. Little did I know that we would have the joy of sharing Sex and the City + And Just Like That together."

    "But I really want to pay tribute to his fearless commitment to single fatherhood," she added.

    "We spoke about being single parents through adoption often. And nothing gave him more joy and pride than his son Nathen."

    "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."

  • H. J. Hayes

    WHAT DID WILLIE GARSON DO OUTSIDE SATC?

    Throughout his career, Garson had accumulated over 170 credits and even directed episodes of White Collar and Disney's Girl Meets World.

    According to Celebrity Net Worth, Garson had an estimated worth of $10 million at the time of his death.

    Outside of acting, Garson was also a known adoption advocate and started the You Gotta Believe foundation with a goal "to find youth permanent families so that they have the support system they need to live safely and to their highest potential."

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    SEX AND THE CITY AUTHOR CANDACE BUSHNELL PAYS TRIBUTE

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    CO-STARS REMEMBER WILLIE GARSON

    Some of Willie's SATC costars paid tribute to the star as news of his passing was reported on Tuesday.

    Cynthia Nixon, 55, who plays Miranda Hobbes on the show, was one of the first of Willie's costars to pay tribute.

    Nixon shared a photo of her with Willie at a party along with a heartfelt message which read: "So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @Willie.Garson. We all loved him and adored working with him.

    Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones in the HBO series, wrote: "Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo"

    Mario Cantone, who stars as Stanford's husband Anthony Maranthino on the show, also shared a sweet message on social media.

    Mario wrote: "I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner. I’m devastated and just overwhelmed with Sadness. Taken away from all of us way soon. You were a gift from the gods sweet Willie. Rest …I love you."

  • H. J. Hayes

    FANS REMEMBER CHARACTER WHO 'NORMALIZED THERAPY'

    The user behind New York art account Uptown Scribbles shared a portrait of Willie Garson in tribute.

  • H. J. Hayes

    WILLIE GARSON LOOKED FORWARD TO RECONNECTING WITH COSTARS

    Willie said he was excited to reunite with Sarah and his other SATC costars for filming of the reboot, And Just Like That, which kicked off in June.

    "We talk on, like, Twitter sometimes and whatever, but I don’t spend enough face time with Cynthia Nixon," he told UsWeekly.

     "I’m really looking forward to spending time with her, actually together,” Willie said at the time.

  • H. J. Hayes

    WAS WILLIE GARSON STILL FRIENDS WITH SARAH JESSICA PARKER?

    In June, Willie opened up about his close friendship with the Hocus Pocus actress.

    He told UsWeekly: "As you probably know, Sarah Jessica and I were friends for 10 years before the show."

    That bond persisted.

    "We’re still the closest of friends. We talk almost every day," Willie added.

     

  • H. J. Hayes

    PEREZ HILTON: 'I AM IN SHOCK'

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    DOES STANFORD BLATCH APPEAR IN THE SEX AND THE CITY REVIVAL?

    Taping for the 10-episode limited SATC reboot began in June in New York City, including the original main cast, except Kim Cattrall's character Samantha Jones.

    Willie Garson was spotted on the New York set, filming for his final Sex And The City scenes just weeks before his death.

    The actor, who passed away at the age of 57 on Tuesday following a short battle with illness, had been acting alongside his HBO co-stars in August.

    There is currently no release date for the revival.

     

  • H. J. Hayes

    WHAT DID NATHEN GARSON SAY ABOUT HIS FATHER'S DEATH?

    Amid the news of Garson’s death, Nathen posted a touching tribute on Instagram of his father, writing: “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. 

    “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 you’re love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    WHY DID WILLIE GARSON BECOME A FATHER?

    An on-again, off-again relationship, which spanned close to two decades, didn't end in marriage, but did make Garson realize what he really wanted.

    “I had a long relationship off and on for like 20 years, and she never wanted to have a child, which is fine,” Garson said.

    But that relationship made Garson realize that he actually wanted a child, more than anything else, describing the epiphany as his "mid-life crisis."

    The realization lead Garson to pursue adoption, and he met the most important person in his life: his son.

    "We’re partners, my kid and I," Garson said.

  • H. J. Hayes

    DID WILLIE GARSON DATE SARAH JESSICA PARKER?

    Willie Garson kept his romantic life largely private, though a few notable relationships did have a long-term impact on his life.

    Before their show became a huge part of American culture, Willie Garson went on a few dates with Sarah Jessica Parker. 

    "We were set up once, had a very long flirtation," Garson said, but when the relationship didn't progress, they "settled into being best friends, something I think really reads on the show.”

  • H. J. Hayes

    WAS WILLIE GARSON MARRIED?

    Willie Garson wasn't married at the time of his death, and had not been married previously.

    The actor rose to fame for his portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw's gay best friend on Sex and the City.

    For a long time, he didn't correct people who assumed that, like his character, Garson was gay as well.

    Garson worried that a straight man playing a gay man would be controversial. 

    When the question came up, Garson would point to his other roles.

    "When I was on White Collar no one ever asked me if I was a conman, and when I was on NYPD Blue, nobody ever asked me if I was a murderer," the actor said.

    “This is what we do for a living, portray people," he added.

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    BELOVED STAR'S FINAL TWEET

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    KING OF ONE-LINERS

  • Julia Fields

    SENDING LOVE

    Garson's White Collar costar Matt Bomer shares a sweet photo from set and sends his love.

  • Julia Fields

    ON SCREEN ROMANCE

    Garson's on screen love interest Mario Cantone calls Garson a "gift from the gods."

  • Julia Fields

    CYNTHIA NIXON TRIBUTE

    Cynthia Nixon eulogized her late costar on Twitter.

  • Julia Fields

    WHEN DID WILLIE GARSON BECOME A FATHER?

    In 2009, Willie Garson adopted his son, Nathen.

    Last year, Willie Garson told Authority Magazine that being a father was "such an important job" to him. 

    “I was in my mid-40’s and I was so bored with myself," Garson said. "When Nathen came into my life I was not bored anymore."

    Raising Nathen, the actor said, was like getting to have another childhood.

    The younger Garson posted a heartbreaking tribute to his father on Instagram.

  • Julia Fields

    WAS WILLIE GARSON MARRIED?

    Willie Garson wasn't married at the time of his death, and had not been married previously.

    The actor rose to fame for his portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw's gay best friend on Sex and the City.

    For a long time, he didn't correct people who assumed that, like his character, Garson was gay as well.

    Garson worried that a straight man playing a gay man would be controversial. 

  • Julia Fields

    CHRIS NOTH SHARES PHOTO

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    A post shared by Chris Noth (@chrisnothofficial)

    Sex and the City actor Chris Noth shared a photo of the late Garson and Sarah Jessica Parker from the show.

  • Julia Fields

    SJP SPEAKS OUT

    On Wednesday, the actress left a heartbreaking note on fellow Sex and the City star Chris Noth's Instagram tribute to Willie, admitting she's not yet ready to mourn her friend.

    Chris shared a photo of Willie and Sarah filming the upcoming SATC reboot and in the caption wrote: "Willie❤️💔 "

    In the comments Sarah, 56, wrote: "Thank you dearest Chris. I'm not ready yet. Xxx."

    In June, Willie opened up about his close friendship with the Hocus Pocus actress.

    He told UsWeekly: "As you probably know, Sarah Jessica and I were friends for 10 years before the show. And we’re still the closest of friends. We talk almost every day.” 

  • Julia Fields

    OTHERWORLDLY

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    A post shared by Kevin McHale (@kevinmchale)

    Actor Kevin McHale posted a tribute to Garson on Instagram, calling his love for his son "otherwordly."

  • Julia Fields

    SON'S TRIBUTE

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    A post shared by Nathen Garson (@nathen_garson)

    Willie Garson's son paid tribute to his late father with friends and family flooding the comments with thoughts and prayers.

  • Julia Fields

    SATC REBOOT HONORS GARSON

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    A post shared by And Just Like That… (@justlikethatmax)

    The Instagram account for the Sex and the City reboot paid tribute to their very own Stanford Blatch.

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