Edith Bunker death: Here is how actress Jean Stapleton death happened both on TV in All in the Family and off TV, in real life.
Jean Stapleton played Edith Bunker in the revolutionary sitcom All in the Family which aired from 1971 until 1979.
Tonight, All in the Family and The Jeffersons are being rebooted for one night on television, live with an all-star cast recreating original episodes of the shows.
Jean Stapleton played Edith Bunker alongside actor Carroll O’Connor who played her husband Archie Bunker.
Edith Bunker death: How actress Jean Stapleton death happened
Edith Bunker, the sitcom character, actually died on the All in the Family spinoff series Archie Bunker’s Place. The sad episode about Edith Bunker death is titled Archie Alone. Her cause of death was a stroke.
Edith Bunker death was discussed in the season 2 premiere of the show and Archie grieved before going on to date others. On the sitcom, Edith only appeared on five episodes.
In reality, Jean Stapleton death happened on May 31, 2013 at the age of 90. Her cause of death was natural causes.
In a tribute after Jean Stapleton death aka Edith Bunker death, All in the Family creator Norman Lear stated:
“No one gave more profound ‘how to be a human being’ lessons than Jean Stapleton … Goodbye Edith, darling.”
Carroll O’Connor died from a heart attack because of complications from diabetes at the age of 76 on June 21, 2001. O’Connor died in Culver City, California.
One year before his death, in 2000, O’Connor received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Stapleton described her TV husband and former co-star in a tribute saying:
“He was one of the most intelligent and generous people I have ever worked with. When I have the occasion to catch a rerun, I am reminded of his marvelous talent and humor.”
Rob Reiner, who played O’Connor’s son-in-law on All in the Family, compared O’Connor to his character Archie, saying:
“He was stubborn, just like Archie. But stubborn for the right things, to push for quality in the shows and to make sure that certain ideas were exposed in a meaningful way. He was much more soft-spoken, a much gentler person.”
O’Connor’s real-life wife, Nancy, died in 2014 at the age of 84 afer battling Alzheimer’s disease for about a decade, up to her death.
O’Connor and his wife, Nancy had only one son named Hugh. They couple adopted Hugh who committed suicide in 1995, when he was just 33 years old.
May their souls all rest in perfect peace.