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Patrick Duffy Remembers ‘Step by Step’ Co-Star Suzanne Somers as ‘Dear Friend’ in Touching Tribute

Patrick Duffy Remembers ‘Step by Step’ Co-Star Suzanne Somers as ‘Dear Friend’ in Touching Tribute

Honoring a friend like no other, Patrick Duffy took to his Instagram to pay tribute to his Step by Step co-star Suzanne Somers after she passed away over the weekend following a lengthy fight with cancer. 

In the touching post, Duffy opened up about how Somers passed through his life on “this leg of her endless journey” and his task is to remain on the “roadside” as she continues on.

“Of course, I will miss the phone calls, the emails, the visits, and the meals and laughter,” the actor said about Suzanne Somers. He also said that while she’s no longer here, Somers’ dialogue of deep and thoughtful as well as silly and frivolous continues on. “My conversations with her now will be held solely through my daily Buddhist practice.”

Duffy further wrote about wishing he could have one more face-to-face with Somers and her husband, Alan Hamel. He then noted if they had the meeting they were supposed to have last Friday, he would still be yearning for just one more meeting together. “It is the painful beauty of our present human reality.”

Duffy went on to add a special message to Somers. “When the stone of your life dropped in this pond, you made quite a ripple my friend. Thank you.” 

Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers were husband and wife on the hit sitcom Step by Step. The TV couple wed and formed a blended family. The show ran from 1991 to 1998. 

Suzanne Somers Once Said She and Patrick Duffy Will Always be ‘Dear Friends’ 

During a 2021 interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Somers revealed more details about her friendship with Patrick Duffy. 

“We will always be dear friends,” Somers said about Duffy. She noted that she usually gets in touch with her Step by Step co-star on his birthday. “He was born on St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s really easy to remember! We always have a virtual drink together.” 

Somers also spoke about how she sees her onscreen children at TV events. She gushed about Staci Keanan, who played her character’s oldest daughter, Dana, and her successful legal career. “I’m so proud of her. She was always very academic and anything that she attempted, she succeeded. So there’s no doubt in my mind that she’s gone on to have a successful law career.”

Somers went on to speak about Step by Step and how it stood out. “[In the ‘90s] we were in the second generation of people who were blending families,” she explained. The late actress added that the first generation of blending families was the hardest. “I think we put a positive spin on it in Step by Step where the kids weren’t filled with angst over what it was.”