General Hospital Alum Suzanne Whang Dead at 56
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House Hunter, General Hospital and Las Vegas star has passed away.
Soaps.com is saddened to report that House Hunters star and General Hospital alum Suzanne Whang has died at 56. She played Carol Chang on the ABC soap opera in 2011. Her death was confirmed by her longtime agent Eddie Culbertson and later clarified by her partner Jeff Vezain. Whang passed away at her home on Tuesday September 17 with Vezain by her side. For the past thirteen years she had been battling stage 4 breast cancer, which she was diagnosed with back in 2006. In 2011 she was given 6 months to live, but went into remission. Sadly the cancer returned in October 2018.
Whang was born in 1962 in Arlington, Virginia and was the valedictorian of her graduating class at Herndon High School. She went on to earn a B.A. in psychology from Yale University and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in cognitive psychology at Brown University. She was previously married to Jay Nickerson and Michael Freed. Whang was best friends with former General Hospital actress Vanessa Marcil (Brenda Barrett), but it was on the set of NBC’s Las Vegas where they met. Whang was the godmother of Marcil’s son, Kassius. Marcil honored her friend on Instagram with several photos of her, including one with Kassius.
She went on to become an actor, television host, award-winning stand-up comedian, published author, professional keynote speaker, radio host, spoken word artist, teacher, creativity coach, metaphysical minister, and a political activist. She is probably best known as the host of HGTV’s House Hunters from 1999 to 2007. She also hosted the spin-off, House Hunters International, from 2009 until 2012. She had a recurring role on NBC’s Las Vegas from 2005 until 2008, and also appeared in episodes of Dexter and Arrested Development. In 2004, Whang won the very first Andy Kaufman Award at the New York Comedy Festival.
Her partner Vezain lovingly wrote the following on her Facebook and webpage. “A lifetime of love, adventure, humor and bliss now lives in our memories. On Tuesday evening (September 17th) around 7:20pm, Suzanne breathed her last breath here at home, as I knelt beside her and caressed her. For thirteen years she confronted cancer with courage, humor, determination and optimism. She was immensely encouraged by the love of her family, friends and those she had yet to meet. Your kind, loving messages always lifted her spirits. I know she would prefer that her life be celebrated, as opposed to her passing mourned, but I also know how vehemently she disagreed with anyone being told, “Don’t cry.” So…cry if you will. I’ve been crying a LOT! And laughing…and everything in between. It’s all part of life, but laughter was a staple of our dynamic. Her audacious sense of humor blessed many, shocked a few, but allowed us to laugh in the face of adversity. She was an amazing daughter, sister, friend, mentor and advocate. As I, her family and her closest friends process her transition, we ask for your prayers and loving thoughts. We have appreciated all of the kind words and memories shared on her Facebook page. It has brought much comfort. As I say goodbye to a soul who was more than a true love, but also a best friend and an intellectual and spiritual book-end, know that we may not be able to respond to queries, but will try to keep you updated. Thank you.” Whang is survived by her parents and a sister.
Soaps.com sends condolences to Wang’s family and friends.