Understandably, Sarah Jessica Parker needed a little more time than most to process the death of her beloved friend and co-star, Willie Garson.
While most of his colleagues and fans took to social media immediately or shortly after hearing the news on Tuesday of his untimely passing, the woman who played his best friend in one of the most popular TV shows of all time, Sex and the City, just wasn’t ready to publicly put it all out there. She even said so herself in a comment to a wondering fan in the days following.
On Friday, though, that silence officially broke in a beautiful, touching tribute to their friendship. Via Instagram, the 56-year-old actress behind Stanford Blatch’s bff Carrie Bradshaw wrote:
“It’s been unbearable. Sometimes silence is a statement. 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. 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. 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”
The emotional micro essay was alongside numerous photos of the two — both on and off set. See it yourself (below):
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So, so sad. He was only 57.
We know the reboot of the series, And Just Like That, will focus on the realities of getting older in friendships and relationships, so we can only imagine how surreal this must feel to the entire cast.
In lieu of flowers, the actor’s obituary states donations can be made to Alliance For Children’s Rights — the organization that helped Garson meet his son, Nathen.
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