Sarah Jessica Parker’s father has died.
Andy CohenHis longtime best friend canceled some performances after a “sudden, devastating family situation.” according to People magazine. Shortly after this news was reported, the family released a statement that was shared with Heavy.
“Our family is saddened to announce that Paul Giffin Forste passed away yesterday at the age of 76 after an unexpected and rapid illness,” the statement said. “In his last moments, he was surrounded by the love and gratitude of his beloved wife, Barbara, who is 54, and his children, including Sarah Jessica Parker. Paul will be remembered with the spirit of loving kindness that was his faith, his special joy in his 13 grandchildren, and his continued belief in making the world a more charitable, tolerant and beautiful place for all,” she continued.
Forste was Parker’s stepfather, whom she considered her father. According to Oprah Magazine, Parker’s biological father, Stephen, left her when she was just one year old. Her mother, Barbara, remarried, and Forste helped raise their four children.
The “And Just Like That” actress was reportedly on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at the 10th annual Fall Fashion Gala where she was to be honored, but before that got underway exiting the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Page Six reports. However, a Parker rep tells Heavy that Parker “never went to the gala.”
According to People, Parker has canceled upcoming performances at the New York City Ballet 2022 Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center, as well as a press conference for the upcoming film Hocus Pocus 2.
Here’s what you need to know:
Cohen was present at the event and shared photos from the evening
Cohen attended the 10th Annual Fall Fashion Gala with his girlfriend Amy Sedaris. The two walked the red carpet together and Cohen was looking forward to celebrating the night with Parker, according to his Instagram posts.
“A magical evening at @nycballet in honor of @sarahjessicaparker tonight, with a magical date @amysedaris,” Cohen titled a post uploaded to his feed on Wednesday evening.
Cohen also shared several photos to his Instagram Stories, although he made no mention of Parker leaving the gala, nor did he say anything about her father’s death.
On Thursday, September 29, 2022, the Bravo star shared a video of him and Sedaris walking the red carpet before sharing another picture with friends.
“Loved seeing the amazing Bryant Gumbel with his amazing wife Hilary last night,” Cohen captioned a picture of the three together. He then shared a funny picture of Sedaris and made fun of her.
“My hot date last night,” he wrote.
Parker hasn’t been active on Instagram for days
Parker has been busy promoting the highly anticipated Hocus Pocus sequel in addition to filming the second season of And Just Like That, which she shared on Instagram About a week ago.
Parker’s last post on Instagram, uploaded on September 24, 2022, was an ode to libraries and librarians.
“Libraries! Librarians! We love you,” she labeled the post. It was business as usual for Parker on social media, which was to be expected given the reported nature of her family situation.
Forste’s cause of death was not disclosed.
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