Carol Ann Susi, best known as the brash Brooklyn voice behind The Big Bang Theory‘s Mrs. Wolowitz, has died at the age of 62, Deadline reports. She had been battling an aggressive form of cancer.
Although never seen on camera, Susi was very much a part of the hit TV series. As the voice of Mrs. Wolowitz, the overbearing mother of Howard Wolowitz (played by Simon Helberg), she became a staple of the show.
“The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz,” CBS, Warner Bros. Television and The Big Bang Theory executive producers Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro and Bill Prady 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. In addition to her talent, Carol Ann was a constant source of joy and kindness to all. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with her family during this time, and we will miss her greatly.”
Actors from the show also took to social media to pay respects to their late costar.
yes, carol ann susi passed away. the beloved voice of mrs wolowitz and our dear friend and castmate. rough day…. http://t.co/1zarPrsGCh
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) November 12, 2014
My heart is broken. I will miss your smile. Your spirit is forever with us. http://t.co/AOmLTEV0ZF
— Kunal Nayyar (@kunalnayyar) November 12, 2014
So grateful to have known Carol Ann Susi who brought laughter & light with her always. She'll forever be in my heart. http://t.co/ecSsW7buPQ
— Melissa Rauch (@MelissaRauch) November 12, 2014
However, Susi’s role was not limited to the voice of Mrs. Wolowitz. According to Us Weekly, she appeared in several popular TV series throughout her 40-year career, including Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, That ’70s Show and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Susi also appeared in Cheers, Mad About You and as the daughter of an unemployment officer who went out on an awful date with George (Jason Alexander) in Seinfeld.
Susi is survived by her brother, Michael Susi, and his wife Connie, in addition to her many friends. Our thoughts are with Susi’s family and friends during this sad time.