After spending several days in private mourning, Sarah Jessica Parker paid tribute to Willie Garson, her Sex and the city co-star and longtime friend, in a poignant Instagram post. The And just like that … the star first shared that she was “not ready” on September 22, a day after Garson’s son, Nathen, announced the death of his father at age 57 with pancreatic cancer. Then, on September 24, Parker posted a carousel of photos of their more than 30 years of friendship, writing that the loss had “been unbearable.”
The Divorced alum explained his days of silence, saying that “sometimes silence is a statement”. For her, this silence reflected “the extent of the loss of a friendship of more than 30 years”. Parker and Garson’s close bond was formed when they played onscreen friends Carrie Bradshaw and Stanford Blatch on Sex and the city. In her tribute, she recalled “a true friendship that allowed secrets, adventure, a shared professional family, truth, concerts, road trips, meals, late night phone calls, devotion mutual to parenthood and all the sorrows and joys that accompany it, triumphs, disappointments, fear, rage and years spent on the sets … and laughing until late at night.
Parker also spoke directly to Garson, saying she was going to miss everything about him and that she would cherish and revisit their phone calls, texts and their last moments together. “Your absence is a crater that I will fill with the blessing of those memories and of all who are still in corners that have not yet surfaced,” she wrote.
The profound loss is also felt by Garson’s son, Nathen, and Parker made sure to acknowledge that as well. She sent him “her love and deepest condolences,” letting him know that “Garson’s greatest achievement was to be [his] Daddy. ”Nathan had previously shared his own pride for her father, writing on Instagram on September 21: “I am so happy that you were able to share all of your adventures with me and that you were able to accomplish so much.”
Garson was among the Sex and the city the stars who returned for the sequel series, And just like that …, alongside Bradshaw, Kristin Davis (Charlotte), Cynthia Nixon (Miranda), Mario Cantone (Anthony) and Evan Handler (Harry). Unsurprisingly, many of his co-stars, past and present, were quick to honor him – both as a friend and as a colleague. Nixon called him “A source of light, friendship and the tradition of the spectacle”, while Davis wrote how they met before SATC and how he was “loved by our whole community”. While not part of the reboot, Kim Cattrall (Samantha) called his death “a terribly sad loss for the SATC family.”
In the weeks before his death, Garson was filming And just like that …, as Deadline reported on September 22. The team has yet to say whether they have completed their scenes or how the story might be affected, but the series will hopefully give the beloved actor and character one last chance to shine.