The Big Bang Theory’s Carol Ann Susi has died at the age of 62 after a brief battle with cancer. Susi played Debbie Wolowitz, the mother of Simon Helberg’s character Howard; though she “appeared” on 39 episodes since The Big Bang Theory’s inception in 2007, Susi was never physically seen, though her gruff voice and hilariously overbearing demeanor has become famous. Susi would’ve been 63 this coming February.
“The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today,” the hit show’s executive producers said in a statement. “Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show’s eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann’s immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance.”
Big Bang Theory co-star Kunal Nayyar, who plays Raj, also sent out a message. “My heart is broken,” Nayyar wrote on Twitter. “I will miss your smile. Your spirit is forever with us.”
Although she never rose to superstardom, Susi was a well respected character actress, her career spanning more than three decades. Susi had appeared in iconic comedy shows like Who’s The Boss?, Growing Pains, Night Court, Murphy Brown, Cheers, Doogie Howser, M.D., Mad About You, Married With Children, The King of Queens and That ‘70s Show. Susi also has a co-starring role in the not-yet-released short film A Life, Taken.
To prove just how big a part of The Big Bang Theory Susi was, check out this incredible supercut of Howard’s mom’s scenes from seasons 1-4. Enjoy.