Sarah Jessica Parker has admitted she’s “not ready” to address Willie Garson’s devastating death.
The 57-year-old actor, who famously played Carrie Bradshaw’s best friend Stanford Blatch in Sex and the City, passed away on Tuesday following a battle with cancer.
After the news of his death broke, a host of SATC stars paid tribute to Willie on social media – including Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall, Mario Cantone and Chris Noth.
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SJP is yet to share a post about Willie’s tragic death, but she did comment underneath Chris Noth’s tribute.
After Chris posted a photo of Sarah and Willie on set, she commented: “Thank you dearest Chris. I’m not ready yet. Xxx.”
Willie’s death was confirmed by his son Nathen, who wrote in an Instagram post: “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.”
According to PEOPLE, Willie died on Tuesday afternoon following a short illness.
The actor had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, and was surrounded by family at the time of his death.
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Mario Cantone, who played Willie’s on-screen husband Anthony Marentino in SATC, took to Twitter to pay tribute to the star following the news of his death.
He 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. Rest my sweet friend. I love you.”
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. Rest my sweet friend. I love you. pic.twitter.com/Ia4tg1VK1Y
— Mario Cantone (@macantone) September 22, 2021
Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones in the original series, tweeted: “Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo”
Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda Hobbes on the show, wrote: “So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @WillieGarson. We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional— always.”
“My heart goes out to his son, Nathen Garson. Nathen, I hope you know how much he loved you and how proud he was to be your dad.”
Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo pic.twitter.com/yXhPkxRTv3
— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) September 22, 2021
My heart goes out to his son, Nathen Garson. Nathen, I hope you know how much he loved you and how proud he was to be your dad.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 22, 2021
SATC creator Darren Star penned: “Sweet, soulful and hilariously funny, Willie touched all of us with his big heart and generous spirit. The man behind Stanford was a loving father, a mensch to his friends and radiated kindness to all. He is gone much too soon.”
Chris Noth, who plays Mr. Big on the show, took to Instagram to share a photo of Willie with Sarah Jessica Parker, and wrote: “Willie❤️💔”
Evan Handler, who plays Charlotte York’s husband Harry Goldenblatt, tweeted: “This is a tragedy for the entire #SATC #AJLT family, for Willie’s family, and for the world.”
“Willie was a prince, the Mayor of every group he ever existed within, and – most importantly – a parent. My heart grieves for his son. A consumate funny man. Bless you.”
Willie was a prince, the Mayor of every group he ever existed within, and – most importantly – a parent. My heart grieves for his son.
A consumate funny man. Bless you. https://t.co/8ssxxG69tU
— Evan Handler (@EvanHandler) September 22, 2021
Though Willie played an openly gay man on Sex and the City, he identified as straight.
The actor adopted his son Nathen, who was seven at the time, in 2009.
Willie’s heartbreaking last tweet, which was sent on September 5, read: “BE KIND TO EACH OTHER……ALWAYS. LOVE TO ALL. APRROACH KINDNESS.”
BE KIND TO EACH OTHER……ALWAYS. LOVE TO ALL. APRROACH KINDNESS.
— Willie Garson 🇺🇸 (@WillieGarson) September 5, 2021