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John Ritter is Dead!

Discussion in 'General Metal Discussion' started by Reign in Acai, Sep 12, 2003.

  1. Reign in Acai

    Reign in Acai Of Elephant and Man

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    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Emmy award-winning actor John Ritter, who gained fame playing bumbling and lovable characters in a pair of television comedies decades apart, collapsed while he was on the set of his new series and died suddenly, his representatives said on Friday.

    Ritter, who was 54, died on Thursday evening after a coronary artery tore while he was filming "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter."


    The ABC television comedy had reinvigorated his career and was a centerpiece of the network's upcoming fall season.


    Ritter, the former star of "Three's Company" was taken to Providence St. Joseph hospital in Burbank, California, across from the studio where he had been working.


    Surgeons at the hospital were unable to save him after his major coronary artery tore from an undiagnosed condition, his publicists, Wolf-Kasteler & Associates Public Relations, said.


    Such tears, hard to detect, are often related to high blood pressure and are extremely dangerous, said surgeon Barry Katzen, head of the Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute in Florida. "It is very difficult to predict and as many as half of the patients die, often in minutes or hours," he said.


    Ritter was best known for his portrayal of Jack Tripper in the 1970s situation comedy "Three's Company," which won him Emmy, Golden Globe and People's Choice awards.


    That series, which ran from 1977 to 1984, also starred Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt as Ritter's apartment mates who pretended he was gay to appease a landlord concerned about unmarried couples living together.


    HEARTBROKEN


    A prolific actor, Ritter recently reconnected with television audiences as the star of "8 Simple Rules."


    Ritter played Paul Hennessy in the family comedy about a work-at-home sports columnist helping to raise his precocious daughters which was one of the Walt Disney Co.-owned network's new hits in the 2002 season.


    "All of us at ABC, Touchstone Television and The Walt Disney Company are shocked and heartbroken at the terrible news of John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children at this very difficult time," ABC said in a statement.


    The network, which is struggling to pull itself out of fourth place in the ratings battle, will now have a hole in its key Tuesday-night schedule. Ritter was filming the fourth episode of the new season about to debut, ABC said.


    Born into a Hollywood family, John Ritter was the son of country singer and actor Tex Ritter and graduated from Hollywood High School, where he was student body president.


    He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in drama and went on to act in film, television and on the stage.


    He died less than a week before his 55th birthday, on Sept. 17, and is survived by his wife, actress Amy Yasbeck and their daughter, Stella and three children, Carly, Tyler and Jason, from his first marriage to Nancy Morgan.


    Jason Ritter, 23, is an actor who appears in the upcoming CBS series "Joan of Arcadia."


    This is truly sad. He was a great actor/physical comedian. Three's company was one of the best shows of all time. :*(
     
  2. Stormwatch

    Stormwatch Cock.

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    Fuck sake are you STILL here you dick? You said you were leaving.
    St Anger = sell out shite.
    You = Thick bastard
     
  3. Metal Inc

    Metal Inc WARSER WARRIOR

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    ya to bad deaths, him and Johnny Cash! It really sucks!
     
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    \m/ I Die Slowly

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    Don't forget last weeks death of one of the greatest action stars ever Charles Bronson!
     
  5. Reign in Acai

    Reign in Acai Of Elephant and Man

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    wtf charles bronson died last week?!?!?!?!?!?! dude this is what happens when u stop paying attention to the news! :( why must the good go and the wicked live (takenthemusicback)
     
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    Yeah, I saw this story on the news this morning. Its pretty sad. *shrugs*
     
  8. MightyDrynwhyl

    MightyDrynwhyl Funeral doom is my life

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    nooooooo not johnny cash!! that guy was the original bad ass!
     
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    ...And for all you Hogan's Heroes fans, Larry Hovis who played Carter just died Tuesday as well.
     
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    Krilons Resa Jerry's married?!

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    another one bites the dust...oh well.
     
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    John Ritter, Johnny Cash and Charles Bronson......a very sad week indeed ! John Ritter ruled on "Three's Company". Sad .....very sad .
     
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    Havengrave New Metal Member

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    Why couldent it be bush....
     
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    Lupine Moon Nocturnal Eternal

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    I grew up watching Three's Company. It may have been a stupid show, but when you're 8 years old, that shit is funny as hell!
    This really blows. :erk:
     
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    Havengrave New Metal Member

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    He was a good actor....RIP John.....
     
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    Very sad news.
     

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