Suzanne Whang Dies: HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’ Host Was 56

Suzanne Whang
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UPDATED with HGTV statement: Suzanne Whang, best known for her nine-year run as host of HGTV’s House Hunters, died Tuesday following a long battle with breast cancer. She was 56.

Her partner Jeff Vezain shared news of her death Thursday on Facebook. “For thirteen years she confronted cancer with courage, humor, determination and optimism,” Vezain said in the post. “She was immensely encouraged by the love of her family, friends and those she had yet to meet.”

Vezain said he was by her side when she died Tuesday night at their Los Angeles home. You can read his entire post below.

Whang hosted HGTV’s House Hunters for nine years, from 1999 to 2007. The network released a statement following news of her death. “Suzanne was warm, funny and kind with a distinctive voice that made everyone feel at home. Our HGTV family mourns her loss and wishes to express deepest condolences to her friends, fans and family who knew and loved her,” the statement said.

Whang also was known for her recurring role as Polly the spa manager on NBC’s drama Las Vegas. She made her television debut as a Road Warrior (remote correspondent) on FX’s two-hour morning show Breakfast Time in the 1990s, and later co-hosted the network’s Pet Department.

In 2002, Whang won the Best Up & Coming Comedian Award at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, for her controversial alter ego character, Sung Hee Park.

Her other recent television credits include guest-starring roles on For The People, The Mick, Now We’re Talking and Kingdom. She most recently appeared as Sabrina in the short film Mr. Right Now and as Dr. Wong in the 2017 feature Til Death Do Us Part.

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Whang’s colleagues and friends paid tribute to her on Twitter.

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