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Posted: Sep. 12, 2003 8:32 am/pm Quote

Actor John Ritter, star of ABC's "8 Simple Rules," dead at age 54 while on set taping TV show

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John Ritter, whose portrayal of the bumbling but lovable Jack Tripper helped make the madcap comedy series "Three's Company" a smash hit in the 1970s, has died, his publicist and longtime assistant said Friday. He was 54.

Ritter fell ill Thursday on the set of his ABC sitcom "8 Simple Rules ... For Dating My Teenage Daughter," said Susan Wilcox, his assistant of 22 years. The cause of death was a dissection of the aorta, the result of an unrecognized flaw in his heart, said his publicist, Lisa Kasteler.

Ritter died at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday.

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Posted: Sep. 12, 2003 8:44 am/pm Quote



Click here to go to the ABC "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" web page


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Posted: Sep. 12, 2003 11:18 am/pm Quote

:sniffle:  I'm just in shock over John Ritter. Johnny Cash didn't surpirse me I geuss I excpected it.. I will miis them both.  :down:

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Posted: Sep. 12, 2003 4:56 am/pm Quote

Reading around on other sites' links to animation-specific sites, anyway, PBS Kids suffers a double loss this week.  The starring voice actor for the PBS Kids' series "Caillou" died in a car accident earlier this week.  John Ritter was the starring voice of "Clifford The Big Red Dog" also on PBS Kids, based on a series of children's books by Scholastic Publishing.

Ritter was starring in a movie to be released this November, something about Santa, I forget the title.


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Posted: Sep. 12, 2003 5:32 am/pm Quote

Disney shares fall after Ritter's death

Walt Disney's stock fell 2 percent Friday after it was reported that actor John Ritter, star of ABC's breakout comedy, "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," died of a heart attack at age 54. The tragedy occurred on the set of his television show in Los Angeles.

Full details, including speculation about what might happen to the show following Ritter's death.


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Posted: Sep. 12, 2003 5:38 am/pm Quote

Carol found an explanation of the condition which caused John Ritter's death, on WebMD's site:

Actor John Ritter's death was caused by an aortic dissection, which is usually fatal if the blood vessel bursts.

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Posted: Sep. 12, 2003 11:46 am/pm Quote

This is so very sad :tear:

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Posted: Sep. 13, 2003 11:47 am/pm Quote

After hearing about John Ritter's death, first I couldn't believe it. After praying for his family and friends, I also hoped that the cast of his "8 Simple Rules" would be okay.

Well, The New York Times is reporting that Ritter's death is forcing ABC to reconsider the fate of his show. You can read the article about it here.


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Posted: Sep. 16, 2003 12:27 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

I wanted to make sure you saw this information posted by Nancy / Tigger58 here:

Source: ABC

We thought that you would be interested in knowing about an ABC News Special that will air Tuesday, September 16, 2003:

ABC News will air "A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter" – a special hour looking back at the life and accomplished career of Emmy award-winning actor John Ritter.

Diane Sawyer will anchor the special, which features exclusive interviews and moving tributes from Ritter’s "Three’s Company" and "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" co-stars, as well as from friends and colleagues, including Suzanne Somers, Joyce DeWitt, Katey Sagal, Henry Winkler, Jason Alexander, Marilu Henner and Billy Bob Thornton.

"A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter" airs Tuesday, September 16, 2003

(8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.


Source: ABC


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Posted: Sep. 16, 2003 10:12 am/pm Quote

Michelle Smith, aka the Fabulous Disney Babe, has written an article on JimHillMedia.com about John Ritter's involvement with The Walt Disney Company over the years, from his connection to Big Al in the Country Bears attraction, to his first Disney movie ("The Barefoot Executive"), to present day.

Read Remembering John Ritter (1948 - 2003).


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