Sarah Jessica Parker's heartbreaking tribute to her friend of 30 years, Willie Garson who died aged 57

Sarah Jessica Parker was too upset to speak out initially, revealing 'It's been unbearable'

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker and actor Willie Garson sighting filming a scene for the movie "Sex and The City" on location in the west village on October 01 2007 in New York City
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Sarah Jessica Parker has been noticeably quiet since her costar and friend of 30 years passed on. However, in an emotional post, the heartbroken actor said, "It's been unbearable."

In the days after Sex and the City's Willie Garson died aged 57, fellow actors including Kim Catrall and Cynthia Nixon paid tribute to his memory. Willie's character Stanford was much loved by fans and it appears that in real life the star was just as adored by his friends, family, and colleagues.

He was one of the actors confirmed for Sex and The City reboot, and although he was seen on set it's unclear how they're going to incorporate these scenes into the show.

Sarah Jessica and Willie had a friendship that existed before the show and that clearly, to her, it was one of the most important in her life.


"Sometimes silence is a statement," she said in an Instagram post which showed the pair throughout the years, "Of the gravity. The anguish. The magnitude of the loss of a 30 + year friendship." 

"A real friendship that allowed for secrets, adventure, a shared professional family, truth, concerts, road trips, meals, late-night phone calls," she added.

Mom-of-three Sarah Jessica referred to Willie's dedication to his only child Nathen as she continued, "a mutual devotion to parenthood and all the heartaches and joy that accompany, triumphs, disappointments, fear, rage and years spent on sets (most especially Carrie's apartment) and laughing late into the night as both Stanford and Carrie and Willie and SJ."

The photos, in the post, show a friendship that's traversed generations, life experiences, milestones. The original series and the Sex and the City reboot too.

Sarah Jessica Parker (L) and Willie Garson are seen filming "And Just Like That..." the follow up series to "Sex and the City" in the Midtown on July 23, 2021 in New York City.

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"Willie. I will miss everything about you. And replay our last moments together. I will re-read every text from your final days and put to pen our last calls.
Your absence a crater that I will fill with blessing of these memories and all the ones that are still in recesses yet to surface."

"My love and deepest sympathies and condolences to you dear Nathen. You were and are the light of Willie's life and his greatest achievement was being your Papa."

"These were his last words to me. "Great bangles all around." Yes.
Godspeed Willie Garson. RIP. X, SJ."

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