Less than two months after Suzanne Somers passed away at the age of 76, the Three’s Company star’s husband, Alan Hamel reveals the sweet reason why she was buried in hiking boots.
While speaking to People, Hamel spoke about how the boots thing came to be. “Suzanne never really had boots designed for hiking on the rocks,” he explained. “So I ordered the Timberland boots. [I] made my gift personal by drawing on them in a few words that represented our life to some degree and made them very personal to Suzanne.”
Hamel also noted that Suzanne Somers had “every” Manolo Blahnik ever made. But it would have been predictable, not very personal, to have her wearing Manolo Blahnik on her “final” trip. “Every time she put on the Timberlands, she said, ‘I am wearing you, and my boots will keep me safe,’” he recalled.
The former TV host pointed out he and Somers had a morning routine that involved the actress’ signature boots. The duo had lived beside the mountains in Malibu and Palm Springs. “[The routine] always included hiking to the top of one of the mountains, where there was a creek and a large flat rock in the middle of the creek.”
Suzanne Somers’ Husband Says They ‘Toasted’ The Last Night of the Actress’ Life
Alan Hamel previously spoke to PEOPLE about how Suzanne Somers and her loved ones toasted the last night of her life. The family had celebrated her birthday, which was the day after she passed away.
“We actually toasted, last night we had I think 12 of us here and we all toasted Suzanne,” he recalled. “I’m sure we’ll do something today. I’m positive we’ll do something today. I don’t know what it’ll be, but it’ll involve a lot of cake because Suzanne was crazy for cake.”
Hamel also said that Suzanne Somers loved all cakes, but absolutely loved red velvet cake. “If she could get her hands on a red velvet cupcake, that would make her day.”
As previously reported, Somers died peacefully in her sleep following a more than 20-year battle with cancer. The actress first battled cancer in the early 2000s and went into remission. However, in July, she revealed on Instagram that the cancer had returned several times over the years. Her publicist, R. Couri Hay, stated, “She survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years.”
Hamel as well as Somers’ son, Bruce Somers Jr., and several other immediate family members were with her at the time of her passing.
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