Suzanne Whang, 'House Hunters' host, dies at 56

Suzanne Whang, 'House Hunters' host, dies at 56

Suzanne Wang, who loved the audience as the voice and face of "house hunters" for nearly a decade, died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, according to her agent.
She was 56.
"She was a wonderfully brilliant light and will be missed," his agent Eddie Culbertson told CNN on Friday. "We were together for over 20 years - I know my life is known to him."
    Wang's partner Jeff Weizen posted on his Facebook page about his passing.
    "At around 7:20 pm on Tuesday evening, Suzanne breathed her last at home, as I knelt beside her and caressed her," he wrote. "For thirteen years she faced cancer with courage, humor, determination, and optimism."
    Arlington, a Virginia native was a graduate of Yale University, where he received a bachelor's degree in psychology and also a master's degree in cognitive psychology from Brown University.
    He ventured into the entertainment industry and hosted HGTV's "House Hunters" from 1999 to 2007.
    "Suzanne was feeling warm, witty and with a distinctive voice to everyone at home," the network said in a statement to CNN on Friday. "Our HGTV family mourns his loss and deepest condolences to his friends, fans, and family who knew and loved him."
    Whang worked continuously in Hollywood, doing "TV Unsigned Bloppers with Dick Clark" as well as "Fox After Breakfast" with Tom Bergeron.
    As an actor, he portrayed the abusive spa manager, Polly, on NBC's series "Las Vegas" for four seasons and played a terrific role as Carole Cheng, the wedding planner from hell at the soap opera General Hospital. "
    She has also performed in other television shows including, "Brothers and Sisters," "Two and a Half Men," "Without a Trace," "The Practice" "NYPD Blue.""Criminal Minds,"  "Cold Case," "Boston Legal." 
    Most recently, Wang played the role of a prison gang leader named Olive Garden in Season 4 of "Arrested Development" and in the upcoming episode of "Anger Management".
    But it was his role as Divyanka in "From Here on Out", which Wang added to his 25 years of performance.
    Wang wore many other hats, including keynote speaker, spiritual minister, published author, teacher, and coach.
    An award-winning standup comedian, she performed several summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where her controversial alter ego, Sung Hee Park, became a favorite on the comedy circuit. She was a popular guest on the "Derek & Romain Show" on Serious XM OutQ.
    Whang also achieved a major feat while battling cancer.
    She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and in 2011 reported that she had only six months to live.
    Until the disease returned in October 2018, Wang devoted himself to reclaiming his health and remained free of cancer for seven years.
    She anchored her journey with cancer into comedy and stories, which she shared in Los Angeles and beyond.
      In a GoFundMe campaign organized for himself last November, Whang posted a photo in which he placed eyes and a mouth on a tumor on his sternum that he jokingly named "Felicia".
      Wang wrote in his posting, "Instead of going away severely, Felicia (sternum tumor) started to leap and bounce, and I really felt like I'm on my way." "But since I'm here, I know that there must be more for me to learn and experience."


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