No one would have dreamed that the 54-year-old star’s heart would cease beating by the end of the day.
Cuoco was cast as Bridget "Beach" Hennessy, the eldest daughter on the ABC sitcom '8 Simple Rules,' which starred John Ritter and Katey Sagal.
“It’s very hard” for the kids in the cast, says Sagal.
“Young people gravitated to him.” Says Tom Shadyac: “We lost the head of our family today. Ritter, with his light charm and a gift for physical comedy, was the core of the show, which has been a solid hit on ABC’s underperforming prime time since premiering last year.
(From left: Martin Spanjers, Cuoco, Ritter, Sagal and Amy Davidson) Originally titled '8 Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter,' the series focused on Ritter's character, Paul Hennessy, a stay-at-home dad whose wife just went back to work. 11, 2003, as the show was in production for its second season. '8 Simple Rules' wrote the death of Ritter into its storyline, killing off his character, Paul Hennessy, too.
Here, Cuoco, right, poses with the rest of the cast while rehearsing for an episode addressing his sudden offscreen death.
For now, the family “is on autopilot,” says a friend. A.’s Forest Lawn cemetery, with cabaret star Amanda Mc Broom singing “In My Life,” a song by his favorite band, the Beatles.