Valerie Harper has sadly passed away last Friday at the age of 80 following a long battle with cancer.
Valerie was best known for playing the character Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show “and later on her own spinoff series “Rhoda.”
Her husband Tony Cacciotti released a touching message about his wife’s passing.
In a posted message on Harper’s Facebook page Cacciotti shared his sweet goodbye message to his spouse of almost 40 years.
“My beautiful caring wife of nearly 40 years has passed away on Friday at 10:06am, after years of fighting cancer,” the post read. “She will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace, mia Valeria — Anthony.”
“My beautiful caring wife of nearly 40 years has passed away on Friday at 10:06am, after years of fighting cancer. She will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace, mia Valeria — Anthony.”
Tony Cacciotti was very open about his decision to not put Harper in hospice care. Just last month, he released a statement explaining his reasoning for doing so. “I have been told by doctors to put Val in Hospice care and I can’t [because of our 40 years of shared commitment to each other] and I won’t because of the amazing good deeds she has graced us with while she’s been here on earth,” his Facebook post said.
The committed husband also ensured that Harper was kept “as comfortable as possible.” He continued saying, “For those of you who have been in this position, you will totally understand that ‘it’s hard letting go.’ So as long as I’m able and capable, I’ll be where I belong right beside her.”
Message from Tony CacciottiI have been told by doctors to put Val in Hospice care and I can’t [because of our 40 years…
Valerie was told by doctors that she only had three months to live after cancer cells spread to the membrane surrounding her brain, but her cancer was near remission eight months later. Shortly after her recovery, she appeared as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars and later returned to acting in a few projects. “The Mary Tyler Moore” star survived for a miraculous six years.
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