“Suzanne was warm, funny and kind with a distinctive voice that made everyone feel at home,” the channel said in a statement. “Our HGTV family mourns her loss and wishes to express deepest condolences to her friends, fans and family who knew and loved her.”
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Whang hosted HGTV’s House Hunters from 1999 to 2007, and was also known for her recurring role as Polly the spa manager on NBC’s drama Las Vegas. Other TV credits include For The People, The Mick, Now We’re Talking and Kingdom.
Her friend, the actress Jane Lynch, remembered Whang as “a champ. We crossed paths for many years and spoke deeply and laughed heartily every time. A bright light has gone out.”
Suzanne was a champ. We crossed paths for many years and spoke deeply and laughed heartily every time. A bright light has gone out. Suzanne Whang, 'House Hunters' host, dies at 56 https://t.co/Un88kiFDBu
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) September 20, 2019
Whang was remembered by others, as well.
I pray that I can one day be as kind to all people as Suzanne Whang was to me. I loved her and l love her. You'll be hearing quite a bit about her life and comedy – please read this piece from the Times. https://t.co/VzIrErXSO8
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) September 20, 2019
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) September 20, 2019
— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) September 20, 2019
Prayers for the brave and courageous @suzannewhang. May her soul fly free at last, unburdened now by the sorrows of the world. May she rest peacefully and dance joyously unto eternity. I feel grateful to have known her and send love to those who loved her.
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) September 20, 2019