Willie Garson, best known for his role as Stanford Blatch on the iconic, award-winning HBO series Sex and the City, has passed away at the age of 57, Fox News reports.
The unfortunate news was announced by his son, Nathen, who published a touching tribute to his father on his Instagram account, writing, “You’ll always be with me.”
“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,” he wrote. “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,” his son wrote.
Nathen added: “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 [sic] love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it.”
HBO heaps praise
Given the popularity and success of Sex and the City, which easily makes the list of the most iconic HBO shows ever produced, the company heaped high praise on Garson not only for his performance as the best male friend of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) but also for his personality and kindness.
“He created one of the most beloved characters from the HBO pantheon and was a member of our family for nearly twenty-five years,” HBO wrote.
The company added: “We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.”
As of this writing, Garson’s cause of death has not been made available.
In one of the actor’s final tweets, he wrote, “BE KIND TO EACH OTHER……ALWAYS. LOVE TO ALL. [APPROACH] KINDNESS.”
Tributes pour in
While he was probably best known for his Sex and the City role, Garson was a staple in supporting roles across a number of hit shows, including White Collar. As a result, tributes from his Hollywood friends poured in across social media in the wake of the tragic announcement.
“I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner,” Mario Cantone, who played Garson’s on-screen husband Anthony Marentino, wrote on Instagram.
Cantone added: “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.”