Three’s Company star Suzanne Somers passed away at age 76 on October 15- one day before her 77th birthday – in Palm Springs, California.
Now her husband Alan Hamel has spoken exclusively to AlertContent.com about her last few days as she lost her battle with breast cancer. ‘We shared a last kiss,’ he said as he teared up, ‘and it was passionate and beautiful.’
The 87-year-old actor and producer also talked about their last road trip from Illinois to California that led them through Utah and Nevada: ‘She loved seeing all the nature,’ he offered.
And he shared that he had a ‘vision’ of his blonde bombshell wife days after she passed. ‘I was alone in bed half asleep when I reached out for her hand and I saw her looking at me. It felt like she was there,’ he shared.
The TV producer then shed light on their unique Hollywood love story, from how they met in the 1960s and fell in love on a houseboat. ‘She had an anklet with bells on it, she fit right in,’ he said of living in the hippie community of Sausalito.
And he revealed what her dying wish was: ‘She wanted me to continue to her company, to give organic product to her “ladies” as she called them. She wanted her customers to have the best,’ he added.
Sad goodbye: Three’s Company star Suzanne Somers passed away at age 76 last week – one day before her 77th birthday
They had a very strong bond: Her husband Alan Hamel spoke to AlertContent.com exclusively about her last few days as she lost her battle with breast cancer. Seen in 2018
Hamel admitted that the first few days without Suzanne have been hard on him.
‘Missing Suzanne is probably not a powerful enough word; I don’t know what the word is. But for the past 55 years we didn’t even spend one hour apart,’ he shared with AlertContent.com.
‘Suzanne and I were so close that she said when I wasn’t in the room she would miss me and I would miss her too – even though we were in the same house. We would actually go to sleep holding each other’s hands which was so special to me,’ he said.
Alan also relayed that he feels their souls are linked. ‘Half of me is her,’ he added.
He continued: ‘I do believe in the afterlife – I’ve met with mediums before and they’ve told me things there’s no way they could’ve known.
‘There’s just too many stories about people dying and coming back and having stories it just can’t be a hoax and it actually is comforting to know that someday I may come in contact with Suzanne again.’
As far as his vision, it happened on Thursday.
Her presence is still around: And the 87-year-old actor also shared that he had a ‘vision’ of his blonde bombshell wife after she passed. ‘I was alone in bed half asleep when I reached out for her hand and I saw her. It felt like she was there,’ he shared. Seen in 2015
‘It had been four nights without Suzanne by my side. Like I said we always slept side-by-side and held hands so it’s a big change for me,’ he said.
‘On Thursday I was laying on my side of the bed and I stretch my arm out like I always did when I held hands with Suzanne.
‘I was half asleep when I had a vision that she was in bed with me and turned around and looked right at me – I could feel her presence, I felt she was there. It shocked me so much that I open my eyes thinking maybe she could be there but of course she wasn’t. I feel in someway she was visiting me,’ he shared.
Hamel them walked through the last few days of her life.
The last two days before Suzanne died she was not alert: ‘She just laid there and didn’t move, she couldn’t do anything for herself, so I sat down next to her and I told her stories and I talked to her for many, many hours. I wasn’t sure if she could hear me or not but I was hopeful she could.’
Before she passed he gave her a kiss.
‘I kissed her as I always do, and she kissed me back. After the kiss I realized it was a real kiss which shocked me because she had not been responsive. And it was powerful and it made me think that she was there listening to me before she died and I’m happy that I spent so much time with her,’ said Alan.
Early love: The TV producer shed light on their unique Hollywood love story, from how they met in the 1960s and fell in love on a houseboat. ‘She had an anklet with bells on it, she fit right in,’ he said of living in the hippie community of Sausalito. Seen in 1978
Alan also revealed that he and Suzanne had discussed at length how she would pass.
‘She said she didn’t want 911 called she didn’t want be in the hospital and she didn’t want to get tubed up – she wanted to be home in a familiar environment. So we agreed that her passing would be comfortable and we would be with her cat Gloria,’ he told AlertContent.com.
She had been in a specialty clinic in Chicago for six weeks before she passed, Hamel told AlertContent.com.
‘When she left the clinic I didn’t want to take an airplane home in case the flight was canceled so we hired a medical transport team and they came with the Mercedes sprinter which was huge with beds, chairs, a small fridge, a TV and two drivers so the car would never stop except for gasoline. That’s how we drove from Chicago to Palm Springs where Suzanne spent her final days.’
With John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt on Three’s Company
It was a nice trip because they got to see nature as they drove through Utah Nevada and California, he added.
‘Suzanne and I love to see middle America and how real Americans lived. We got hooked one point on this TV show called 100 Rodeos, 100 days because we like to see how these people went together to rodeos – it was families and cowboy hats and this was the real heart of America,’ he explained.
He added they liked the simple life, not the flashiness of fame.
‘Suzanne and I weren’t into the glitzy showbiz parties in Hollywood and that’s why we moved out to the desert 47 years ago; we wanted to get our kids out of LA and we wanted to raise them in an environment where we could focus – Suzanne was a great mother that way, she really put the kids first.
‘When Suzanne and I first got together she said she was going to combine our two families and make it into one family and she did.
‘Now I am the beneficiary of her hard work because the children are also close to us and they’ve been out here with me nonstop helping me with the grief. I don’t know if they planned it in advance or what but they have made sure that I’m not alone and that I feel loved and that all has to do with Suzanne‘s great parenting.’
He also noted that Somers battled cancer her entire adult life.
‘Suzanne had a hard life; she fought cancer since her 20s. It just never left her and I think it had to do with her childhood; she had an alcoholic father who was difficult and I don’t think that helped. She grew up with a lot of stress.’
Each time she beat it, but not this time.
‘This last time it overwhelmed her and there was no turning back,’ he said.
Now Alan is solo for the first time in decades.
‘Now for the first time in 55 years I’m alone; I have not lived alone much in my life – the only time was for two weeks and I hated it. I was very young and I just didn’t like it,’ he said.
But there are constant reminders of Suzanne all over the place, he shared. ‘There are photos everywhere, our kids, it helps.’
Their love story began 55 years ago.
How they fell in love: Their love story began 55 years ago. ‘I met Suzanne in 1968 or 1969 in San Francisco and we clicked from the very first moment we met over the years are love got deeper and deeper we just wanted to be together or what some people have called “functionally codependence” – it just worked for us they were so much love,’ he said Seen in 1978
Lust then love: ‘It was love first sight actually it was lust at first sight and then it just evolve from there. ‘When I met Suzanne I knew we had something very strong I wasn’t sure what it was but I knew it was important and to stick with it.’ Seen in 1979
‘I met Suzanne in 1968 or 1969 in San Francisco and we clicked from the very first moment we met. Over the years our love got deeper and deeper; we just wanted to be together or what some people have called “functionally codependence” – it just worked for us, they were so much love,’ he said.
‘It was love first sight – actually, it was lust at first sight and then it just evolve from there into love very quickly,’ he said.
‘When I met Suzanne I knew we had something very strong I wasn’t sure what it was but I knew it was important and to stick with it.’
They met in a work situation.
‘I met Suzanne on an audition on The Anniversary Game. She was trying to become a prize model on the show but she didn’t get the job because the director didn’t tell her what camera to look into,’ he explained.
‘At the time she lived in a little house in Sausalito up in the hills and I lived on a houseboat at Gate Five and Sausalito,’ he shared.
‘She was perfect for Sausalito – she would come to my house boat in these fun dresses and I would cook her dinner – on one side of my house was a plastic surgeon on the other side was a drug dealer – it was a very eclectic environment.’
One of his top memories with his wife took place in the 1970s.
‘My favorite memory of Suzanne has to be from the early 70s when I asked her to go to New York City with me for a work trip and I told her to bring some fancy clothes.
‘But the truth is I was secretly taking her to Paris.
‘I was so into surprising her with a trip that I called Air France in advance and told them to change their sign to United so she would think that we were flying nationally. She didn’t suspect anything when we got on the plane. But then I handed her a book about how to have fun in Paris on $10 a day and she asked me why are you giving this book to me? I told her – guess what, we’re not going to New York City we’re going to Paris and she was thrilled.
Moving forward: And he promised to keep her company going, which was her dying wish. ‘She wanted me to continue to give organic product to her “ladies” as she called them. She wanted her customers to have the best,’ he added. Seen in 2016
‘So that’s my favorite memory of being with Suzanne for over 55 years because I loved making her happy and surprising her.’
He added, ‘Paris became a big part of our life. One year we went five times – we just loved being there.’
But their relationship was not totally perfect.
He admitted that they broke up once in the 1970s.
‘Suzanne and I didn’t argue much because we thought arguments were silly but there was a time in 1974 when we had a big argument and we decided to break up – it was so bad we even called a real estate agent to come over to her condo to ask what we could get for it,’ he shared.
‘So the agent comes over and sits on our couch in the living room and we start talking to her and I announce rather than selling the condo I think I might wanna buy Suzanne out.
‘That is when Suzanne said – oh you only want to have the condo to yourself so that you could bring girls up here. I said to Suzanne, “Why would I want to bring girls up here? I already have a girl up here” and I looked at Suzanne. That is when the agent got up and left because she realized we really weren’t breaking up.
A little-known story: But their relationship was not totally perfect. He admitted that they broke up once in the 1970s. ‘Suzanne and I didn’t argue much because we thought arguments were silly but there was a time in 1974 when we had a big argument and we decided to break up it was so bad we even called a real estate agent to come over to her condo to ask we could get for it,’ he shared. Seen in 1978
Last wish: Alan also made it clear that he will fulfill her dying wish: to keep her company going. ‘Now the plan is to keep her company alive because I promised her before she passed that I would work really hard to keep her customers happy – they depended on her organic products. She called him her ladies and she wanted them to keep having what she made,’ he said. Seen in 2017
‘After that Suzanne and I got back together, of course, and we decided to never break up again.’
Alan also made it clear that he will fulfill her dying wish: to keep her family-run company going.
‘Now the plan is to keep her company alive because I promised her before she passed that I would work really hard to keep her customers happy – they depended on her organic products. She called him her “ladies” and she wanted them to keep having what she made,’ he said.
‘Her company is not going to shut down, in fact it will be expanding and we have an announcement to make next week based on her career,’ he said.
‘There are other plans too. I’ve been talking to my grandson about doing a documentary,’ he shared.
‘Caroline Summers is the president of our company – she is the wife of our son and she’s been the president for seven years. She is detail oriented and she knows what she’s doing. I’m more of the Big Picture Guy. Anyhow, Caroline will continue to run the company and we have great things coming in the future.’