The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley posted a touching tribute to his and Ian Somerhalder‘s on-screen mother and former co-star Annie Wersching at the age of 45. “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Annie Wersching – a wonderful and talented person I was lucky enough to know,” Paul, 40, wrote over a sweet selfie of the two. “Please contribute to the go fund me page set up in her name below. Link below.”
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— JARED PADALECKI ♥️ PAUL WESLEY ♥️ TOM ELLIS ♥️ (@ILEAKF) January 29, 2023
The St. Louis native became the primary antagonist as the mother of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stephan (Paul Wesley), Lillian ‘Lily’ Salvatore. The character appeared through the sixth and seventh seasons of the show, reappearing as a vampire after supposedly having died in 1858.
Annie sadly passed away at just 45 years old on Sunday, January 29 after private battle with cancer. A GoFundMe page for her husband Stephen Full and their sons Freddie, 12, Ozzie, 9, and Archie, 4, notes she was diagnosed in 2020, however, did not come forward with her illness and continued to work on several film and television projects, including The Rookie.
Julie Plec, the show runner for The Vampire Diaries, also posted a tribute via Twitter. “So sad to her this. I became a fan from ‘24’ and was lucky to be able to have Annie play mama to two of the hottest vamps in town,” she wrote. “This go fund me is for her family. RIP Annie, you wonderful soul. For Annie’s Boys… Freddie, Ozzie and Archie,” she also said.
“Annie was diagnosed with cancer Summer of 2020. She’s a private person by nature, and the diagnosis made her even more so. She wanted to protect her boys,” the message on the GoFundMe page read, aimed at raising money for her husband and sons. “She wanted to get better so she could continue working. And honestly, she just didn’t really want to talk about it. She wanted to live her life, on her terms, and be with her family,” the note also said.
“Annie lived for her family. She loved her work and cherished her friends, but Steve and the boys were her absolute everything. This Go Fund Me is for them. It’s so Steve can have time to grieve without the pressure of needing to work. So he can be daddy to Freddie (12), Ozzie (9) and Archie (4) as they navigate the future without their mom, without sweet Annie,” the message continued.
“It’s so they can continue to go to baseball games (Go Cardinals!) take music lessons and play little league. It’s to help pay for college. It’s so Steve can continue Annie’s tradition of filling the house with every life-sized balloon that’ll fit in the car for birthday mornings. It’s to give them time to navigate life as a family of four without the burden of paying medical bills or funeral expenses. It’s so they can continue to live life in a way that they know would make Annie proud,” it also read.
Source link Today Hollywood is paying tribute to actress Annie Wersching, beloved by many for her roles on shows such as “24” and “Timeless”. Her unexpected passing has sent shockwaves through the Hollywood community, and her former co-stars have taken to social media to commemorate the actress’s life. Actors Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, who both worked with Wersching on “The Vampire Diaries”, both shared heartfelt posts on their social media accounts remembering the irreplaceable actress.
Somerhalder posted a photo of himself with Wersching on the set of “The Vampire Diaries”, along with a tribute to the actress in which he described her as a “brilliantly talented, kind, genuine, wonderful person”. He shared that Wersching was a delight to work with and had touched him with her humor and her caring nature. He wrote that he will cherish the time they shared together and described her as a shining light who will be forever remembered.
Paul Wesley also shared an expression of his feelings on Instagram, writing of his shock at Wersching’s passing and that he was heartbroken at her loss. He described Wersching as a “shining soul”, noting the brightness of her spirit and her love of acting. He called her a truly generous friend who inspired those around her.
The messages from Somerhalder and Wesley express a shared sentiment of sadness and anguish, but comfort, at the passing of Annie Wersching. As Hollywood mourns the loss of this beloved actress, her former co-stars have honored her memory and show us how much she was beloved.