Suzanne Whang, House Hunters host, dies at 56

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Suzanne Whang, whose smooth, calm voice provided the narration for HGTV's "House Hunters" for years, has died. He called Whang an incredible daughter, sister, friend, mentor, and advocate. "We were together for over 20 years - I know my life is better having known her".

Whang's partner, Jeff Vezain, took to the former House Hunters host's website on Friday to share the tragic news that Whang died on Tuesday evening.

'For thirteen years she confronted cancer with courage, humor, determination and optimism, ' Vezain said in the post.

The Arlington, Virginia native was a graduate of Yale University, where she received a bachelors in psychology and also held a master's degree in cognitive psychology from Brown University.

The Hollywood vet - who stood out for having an undergraduate degree from Yale and a masters from Brown University - is best known for her almost 10 years of voiceover and hosting work on the hit series House Hunters on HGTV.

"Suzanne was warm, amusing and kind with a distinctive voice that made everyone feel at home", the network said Saturday in a statement to CNN.

"She was immensely encouraged by the love of her family, friends and those she had yet to meet." wrote Vezain.

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The TV star was only 56-years-old.

Whang and her partner, musician Jeff Vezain, in 2017.

She worked on General Hospital, Criminal Minds, NYPD Blue, Dexter and Anger Management.

She had a almost 30-year acting career and continued to take roles into 2019. "It's a satire in the same way that Carroll O'Connor who played Archie Bunker on All in the Family played this bigoted character that was also multi-dimensional and endearing", Whang said. She was also a popular guest on the Derek and Romaine Show on Sirius XM OutQ.

He said that both he and his longtime love appreciated all of the kind words from fans during her cancer battle.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and in 2011 told she only had six months to live. She beat those odds, living cancer-free until 2018, when the illness returned.

In the comedy world, Whang often used her stand-up routines to talk about her heritage, and she notably embraced Asian stereotypes with her character Sung Hee Park. In February, she posted a photo of her bare chest, revealing a large tumor sitting between her breasts. The real estate show does not now have an on-screen host. "But since I'm still here, I know that there must be more for me to learn and experience".

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