The Big Bang Theory has lost one of its own. Actress Carol Ann Susi, known as the voice of Mrs. Wolowitz–Howard’s (played by Simon Helberg) mother on the CBS show, lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday. Although her voice was always heard and frequently imitated, Carol Ann Susi’s face was never seen on the show. She was a regular Big Bang Theory cast member since 2007.
According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, Susi grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s. She played the role of Kolchak’s secretary, Monique Marmelstein, on ABC’s The Night Stalker. She made guest appearances on shows including Cheers, Doogie Howser, M.D., Mad About You, Just Shoot Me, Seinfeld, and Six Feet Under.
Warner Bros. Television and Big Bang Theory producers Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, and Bill Prady issued a written statement about the Big Bang Theory star’s passing.
“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,” the statement reads. “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.”
Cast members mourned her passing via social media.
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
We will truly miss our sweet wonderful and funny friend Carol Ann.
— Bill Prady (@billprady) November 12, 2014
The remainder of the cast and crew of The Big Bang Theory–as well as the show’s fans–are no doubt mourning the passing of Carol Ann Susi. She was just 62 years old.