Suzanne Whang, best known as the voice of HGTV’s “House Hunters,” died this week following a long-running battle with breast cancer. She was 56.
“Suzanne was warm, funny and kind with a distinctive voice that made everyone feel at home,” HGTV told TheWrap in a statement. “Our HGTV family mourns her loss and wishes to express deepest condolences to her friends, fans and family who knew and loved her.”
Whang hosted “House Hunters” from 1999 to 2008 and spinoff “House Hunters International” from 2009 to 2012.
In addition to masterfully voicing the classic home-buying series, Whang also had numerous recurring acting roles, including on NBC’s “Las Vegas” and on Fox’s “The Mick.” Other credits on her resume include “Kingdom,” “General Hospital” and an episode of “Arrested Development.”
“Suzanne was one of a kind, we worked together over 20 years and my life is enriched having had our friendship,” Whang’s agent, Eddie Culbertson, said in a statement. “She was amazingly talented actress, gifted comedienne and a beautiful soul – she will be missed. Our lives are better having known her.”
Whang’s partner, Jeff Vezain, posted the following tribute to her Facebook page.
Suzanne Whang (1962-2019). A lifetime of love, adventure, humor and bliss now lives in our memories. On Tuesday evening around 7:20pm, Suzanne breathed her last breath here at home, as I knelt beside her and caressed her. For thirteen years she confronted cancer with courage, humor, determination and optimism. She was immensely encouraged by the love of her family, friends and those she had yet to meet. Your kind, loving messages always lifted her spirits. I know she would prefer that her life be celebrated, as opposed to her passing mourned, but I also know how vehemently she disagreed with anyone being told, “Don’t cry.” So…cry if you will. I’ve been crying a LOT! And laughing…and everything in between. It’s all part of life, but laughter was a staple of our dynamic. Her audacious sense of humor blessed many, shocked a few, but allowed us to laugh in the face of adversity. She was an amazing daughter, sister, friend, mentor and advocate. As I, her family and her closest friends process her transition, we ask for your prayers and loving thoughts. We have appreciated all of the kind words and memories shared on her Facebook page. It has brought much comfort. As I say good bye to a soul who was more than a true love, but also a best friend and an intellectual and spiritual book-end, know that we may not be able to respond to queries, but will try to keep you updated. Thank you.
Love & Blissings,