Broadway star Rebecca Luker’s husband, actor Danny Birsten, is opening up about the actress’ death in a moving new article.
Borstein, 56, revealed in an article Hollywood Reporter That Locker died at the end of 2019, just 13 months after the diagnosis, at age 59, on December 23 with ALS complications.
“One is false,” Bristen wrote of Locker’s death. “Becca was complex and serious, very beautiful and clever, and funny and sexy and strong and stubborn and very skilled.”
Burstein said Luker was diagnosed when he began to feel weak in his ankles and legs. “She had spinal stenosis surgery and we were confident it would fix the problem,” he wrote. “But his whole leg began to hurt.”
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Red Mill The actor said Locker, whom he married in 2000, suffered a “permanent decline” in health after being diagnosed.
“Her hips, her diaphragm, her shoulders, her right arm, her forearm,” Bristen said of the loss of mobility caused by the movement. “When his hands stopped working, he screamed in frustration.”
“She struggled so hard and held on to every muscle as long as her body allowed,” he wrote. “And despite her body clearly failing, she was still optimistic. The doctors told us she had” slow-moving ALS. ” “But she would obviously be mistaken. She was progressing so ridiculously fast that it engulfed everyone. Surprise.”
He added: “But still she hoped to save her life by coming up with trial drugs. She kept saying, ‘I see myself getting old, getting old. I just know that.’ “
Burstein said Leuker accepted the possibility that she might have died two weeks before her death, and rejected the doctor’s offer of a tracheotomy – while it helped her breathe. And prevents him from speaking or swallowing.
“If I don’t have a voice, I don’t know who I am. My voice is everything I am. I will take my chances,” Locker said of the decision. “
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The actor said Lucar inevitably “lost two things she liked more than anything else: her ability to speak and taste food.”
“And in a way, he lived on his own terms and he died. If she couldn’t do what she liked, she was ready to go,” she wrote. “She struggled for so long. And she didn’t complain. She was positive and kind until the end.”
Bristen, who has been able to deliver the final words to his wife of more than 20 years, Locker, wrote: “She described him as the most wonderful wife, the most wonderful mother of our sons, and Has left a better place. Its music and its beauty. “
“She listened to me. I know she does. Her eyes are directly on me,” he wrote. “She tried to answer when my tears came to my face and she managed to recognize what I had said with a sudden breath from the very back of her throat – in which she gave me her strength. Every ounce of would have been taken. “
“The amount of love we got during his fight was incredible. The circle of about 25 friends has been here for almost 24/7 months,” he said. “They would stay up late in the evening to help me put her to bed and arrive early every morning to help me get her ready for the day. There’s no way I’m going to get them right. But thank you. Angels all. Our congregation really showed it, my daughter. I will always be grateful. “
He added, “As Beka’s support and love continues to flow, it continues. What a testament to this person.”
Lucar’s agent, Sarah Fargo, confirmed this New York Times The actress died in a Manhattan hospital in December.
In February 2020, Locker revealed on Twitter that he had been diagnosed with ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
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“Hello friend. I have some bad news. I was diagnosed with ALS late last year“Luker tweeted at the time.” I have the best medical care in the world and the biggest help.
She thanked him for calling her “beloved husband” an “angel.”
Lucar remained positive, he wrote, “I’ll be fine. In the meantime, we fight and move on. Keep us in your thoughts.”
The actress moved to Broadway in 1988, after joining the cast Phantom of the Opera Insignificant to the original star Sarah Brightman and as Christine in 1989.
She is a three-time Tony Award nominee, receiving her first nomination for the role of Magulolia in 1995. Show the boat And his second in 2000 for the lead role Music Man. Its third approval came in 2007 Mary Papins.
Lucer is survived by her husband and stepchildren, Zachary and Alexander.