House Hunter's Host Suzanne Whang Dead at 56 After Cancer Battle

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Suzanne Whang, the woman whose voice and face opened "House Hunters" episodes for almost a decade, has died after a long battle with cancer.

Whang's partner, Jeff Vezain, announced in a Facebook post Thursday that Whang died Tuesday after a long battle with breast cancer.

Vezain continued by praising Whang as "an awesome daughter, sister, friend, mentor and advocate", before asking her fans for "prayers and loving thoughts" in the midst of her death.

Whang, who would've turned 57 on September 28, died on Tuesday evening, Vezain wrote. She was also a comedian, radio host, producer, published author, political activist, and a minister. "She remained a loving spirit, and in the end she passed away peacefully at home with her great love by her side, having been true to herself and the journey she chose". I've been crying a LOT! It's all part of life, but laughter was a staple of our dynamic.

He continued, "We have appreciated all of the kind words and memories shared on her Facebook page. It has brought much comfort", he concluded. In addition to hosting "House Hunters" and "House Hunters International" for years, Whang also had roles on TV and in movies. "Her audacious sense of humor blessed many, shocked a few, but allowed us to laugh in the face of adversity", he said.

"Suzanne Whang, original voice of House Hunters", the network wrote on Facebook.

Marcil paid tribute to her close friend on social media in the wake of her death.

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

HGTV is mourning the loss of one of their own.

The 56-year-old also appeared on the show "Las Vegas" for four seasons. Following Whang's cancer diagnosis in 2006, Colette Whitaker took over the gig from 2008 to 2009, succeeded by Andromeda Dunker, who now hosts that series as well as "House Hunters International", which Whang hosted in 2009-2012. She also held a Master's Degree in Cognitive Psychology from Brown University.

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