Willie Garson, best known for playing Carrie Bradshaw’s best friend Stanford Blatch on Sex and the City, has passed away at 57 years old.
People reports Garson died of a “short illness” but was surrounded by family at the time of his passing. A cause of death has not been confirmed, but per TMZ, Garson had reportedly been battling cancer.
News of Garson’s death first broke when actor Titus Welliver tweeted, “There are no words. I love you dear brother. We are fewer.” Actor Rob Morrow also wrote a post: “Our sweet pal #WillieGarson has passed on. Dear soul, rest easy.”
Garson’s son, Nathen, posted a moving tribute on Instagram. “I love you so much papa,” he said. “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.”
His post has been flooded with comments from friends sending their condolences, including co-star Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda Hobbes. “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.”
Stanford was one of Carrie’s main confidantes on Sex and the City—a clever, kind, and always-loyal friend whom she loved dearly. In the second SATC movie, Carrie was in Stanford’s larger-than-life wedding to Anthony Marantino, played by actor and comedian Mario Cantone, who tweeted Tuesday “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.”
Stanford’s presence on the show was vibrant, vital, and a welcome complement to the four main women.