Valerie Harper, best remembered for her performance in ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ breathed her last on Friday at 80. Her husband, actor, and producer Tony Cacciotti broke out the sad news to ABC on Friday. Cristina Cacciotti, Harper’s daughter, confirmed the news to The New York Times. Harper was fighting with cancer for many years, though the family has not released further details behind her death.
Harper, who was best known for her lead role Rhoda Morgenstern on the famous ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ had overcome many health issues over the past years. The popular TV star had survived lung cancer back in the year 2009. Later, in 2013, it was announced that Harper was diagnosed with rare terminal brain cancer.
In several press interviews, the actress had explained that she was suffering from leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. It is a rare condition that takes place when the cancer cells reach the membrane, with clear fluid, around the brain.
Despite the doctors saying that she just a few months to live, Harper viewed her disease from a positive perspective. Though she was not cancer-free, Harper was still on some sort of remission. She responded well to her treatment, having loads of medicines and showing improvements in her scans.
In fact, Harper also appeared on the show ‘Dancing With the Stars’ in September 2013 and bagged multiple television roles in 2014 as well as 2015.
Harper said to People magazine in May 2015 that she’s well-adjusted with her brain cancer diagnosis. However, in August the same year, Harper was admitted at a hospital due to a medical emergency just before her ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ theater performance.
Though reports said that she was discharged from the hospital the next day, sources claimed that she was not really released. Instead, she was reported to have slipped into a coma and therefore shifted to a bigger facility. But still, Harper persisted for many years, even making the doctors wonder if she had almost beaten cancer into remission at a point.