Actor John Ritter dead at 54

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Actor and comedian John Ritter, who gained stardom in the 1970s sitcom "Three's Company," died of heart failure Thursday night after collapsing on the set of his current TV series. He was 54.

Ritter was rushed from the set of the ABC series "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, after suffering from aortic dissection, an unrecognized and undetected flaw in his heart, according to a statement from his publicist Lisa Kasteler.

"Surgeons at the hospital tried to save the Emmy Award-winning actor but, sadly, were unable to do so," the statement said.

Ritter, who would have turned 55 next week, is best known for his role as Jack Tripper on the long-running television sitcom, "Three's Company," which brought him an Emmy.

He was born on September 17, 1948, and is survived by his wife, Amy Yasbeck and their daughter Stella and three children, Carly, Tyler and Jason, from his first marriage to Nancy Morgan.

WebMD.com describes an aortic dissection as "an abnormal separation of tissues within the walls of the aorta" caused by high blood pressure, family history of the condition, disease of connective tissue, or severe trauma to the chest.

"Aortic dissection results in a weakened blood vessel wall that may also rupture," the Web site says.

You can see all the sad details here:

http://www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/TV/09/1 ... index.html
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:cry: i was in shock reading the article.

I cannot believe this. I am so sad by this news. I honestly feel like he
was someone I knew. I grew up watching every single episode of
Three's Company and always loved his work. He's one of the funniest
people ever IMO.

A few of us at work were just talking about all the people we grew up
watching and what it will be like when they start dying. I guess I didn't
have too long to wait to find out.

RIP - John Ritter :(
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I know -- what's doubly sad is Johnny Cash is gone too.
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i'm just being honest when I say this -

While I hate that anyone is dead for any reason (exeptions of terrorists
and criminals i.e. people that deserve it), I have no strong feelings about
Johnny Cash. I'm sorry he's gone, but I have no real connections with
him or his music.
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I’m going to miss Johnny Cash. My dad has some Internet radio and they’re having a tribute to him by playing all his songs. I never realized how many good songs he had that I actually know. I don’t own any of his cds, but even for the songs I’ve never heard, I’m enjoying them. It’s a pity I have to wait till he’s dead to really like him.
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I luved that guy man....
Im gonna miss him
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Well i really didn't watch or listen to either of those people, The only song i know from johnny cash is about that one guy that held up a timber (piece of wood) in a mine so all the other miners could get out and he died or something like that...I forgot what it was called
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this still saddens me thinking about it. :cry:

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