Carol Ann Susi, the actress who played the role of Mrs. Wolowitz, Howard’s mother, in sitcom The Big Bang Theory, has died after a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer.
Although her face was never seen on camera, she was very central to Howard Wolowitz’s character and the cornerstone of much of Wolowitz’s comedy, making her a very well known and very much heard character.
The show’s producers, Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and Bill Prady released a statement, “The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi. 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.”
As well as the statement, the show’s stars are relaying their condolences via Twitter.
Kunal Nayyar (Raj) wrote, “My heart is broken. I will miss your smile. Your spirit is forever with us.”
While Mayim Bialik (Amy) wrote, “Beloved Carol Ann Susi passed away, yes. The voice of Mrs. wolowitz. Oh Carol Ann.”
As well as her role on Big Bang, Susi also appeared on shows such as Seinfeld, Cheers, Grey’s Anatomy, Married With Children and That 70’s Show.
She is survived by her brother, Michael, and his wife, Connie.