In a touching and poignant gesture, Alan Hamel, husband of the beloved actress Suzanne Somers, presented her with a handwritten love letter just one day before her passing. Suzanne Somers, best known for her role in the iconic television series “Three’s Company,” passed away on Sunday, October 15, at the age of 76, just one day shy of her 77th birthday. She had valiantly battled breast cancer for over 23 years. According to her publicist, R. Couri Hay, after reading her husband’s heartfelt letter, Suzanne went to bed and peacefully passed away in her sleep.
The enduring love story of Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel began in 1977 when they exchanged vows. Suzanne, a mother to her son Bruce from her previous marriage to Bruce Somers, also embraced the role of stepmother to Alan’s children, Stephen and Leslie. The love letter presented by Alan Hamel was a testament to the depth of their affection.
Written in capital letters and adorned with pink peonies, Alan’s love letter resonated with a profound sense of devotion. The letter read:
“Love—I use it every day, sometimes several times a day. I use it at the end of emails to my loving family. I even use it in emails to close friends. I use it when I’m leaving the house. There’s love, then love you, and I love you!! Therein lies some of the different ways we use love. Sometimes I feel obliged to use love, responding to someone who signed love in their email, when I’m uncomfortable using love but I use it anyway.
I also use love to describe a great meal. I use it to express how I feel about a show on Netflix. I often use love referring to my home, my cat Gloria, to things Gloria does, to the taste of a cantaloupe I grew in my garden. I love the taste of a freshly harvested organic royal jumbo medjool date. I love biting a fig off the tree. I love watching two giant blackbirds who live nearby swooping by my window in a power dive. My daily life encompasses things and people I love and things and people I am indifferent to.
I could go on ad infinitum, but you get it. What brand of love do I feel for my wife Suzanne? Can I find it in any of the above? A resounding no!!!! There is no version of the word that is applicable to Suzanne, and I even use the word applicable advisedly.
The closest version in words isn’t even close. It’s not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction. Unconditional love does not do it. ‘I’ll take a bullet for you’ doesn’t do it. I weep when I think about my feelings for you. Feelings… That’s getting close, but not all the way.
55 years together, 46 married, and not even one hour apart for 42 of those years. Even that doesn’t do it. Even going to bed at 6 o’clock and holding hands while we sleep doesn’t do it. Staring at your beautiful face while you sleep doesn’t do it.
I’m back to feelings. There are no words. There are no actions. No promises. No declarations. Even the green shaded scholars of the Oxford University Press have spent 150 years and still have failed to come up with that one word. So I will call it, ‘Us,’ uniquely, magically, indescribably wonderful ‘Us.'”
This deeply moving love letter from Alan Hamel encapsulates the profound and enduring love shared between Suzanne Somers and her husband, transcending the limitations of words and language to express their exceptional bond. Suzanne Somers’ legacy lives on, not only in her remarkable career but also in the enduring love she shared with her devoted husband, Alan Hamel.