When did John Ritter die and what was his cause of death?

JOHN Ritter was best known for playing Jack Tripper on the ABC sitcom Three’s Company.

Ritter will be the subject of ABC’s Superstar series which airs August 25


John RitterCredit: Getty

Who was John Ritter?

John Ritter was an American actor.

He he received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1984 for his work in Three’s Company.

Ritter appeared in over 100 films and television series combined and performed on Broadway.

Some of his other notable roles include Ben Hanscom in It (1990), Problem Child (1990), Problem Child 2 (1991), and Bad Santa in 2003.

John Ritter passed away in 2003


John Ritter passed away in 2003Credit: Getty

His final roles include voicing the title character on the PBS children’s program Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000–2003), for which he received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations.

Around the time of his passing, he experienced a resurgence in his career with the TV comedy 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.

When did John Ritter die and what was his cause of death?

Ritter died from an undetected flaw in his heart called an aortic dissection in 2003.

He was 54-years-old at the time of his death.

An aortic dissection refers to “an abnormal separation of tissues within the walls of the aorta, the large blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body,” writes WebMD.

“Aortic dissection results in a weakened blood vessel wall that may also rupture,” which “usually results in death if not treated immediately.”

Ritter reportedly died after falling ill on the set of his new sitcom.

A sudden onset of pain is typical at the moment of dissection. The pain is “usually described as ripping or tearing and as the worst pain ever experienced,” between the shoulders and back which could radiate down to arms and neck.

Was John Ritter married with kids?

On October 16, 1977, Ritter married actress Nancy Morgan, with whom he had three children: Jason, Carly and Tyler.

They divorced on September 1, 1996.

Following his split from Morgan, he married actress Amy Yasbeck on September 18, 1999.

Yasbeck played his love interest in the first two Problem Child movies, though as two different characters. Yasbeck also played Ritter’s wife in two sitcom appearances.

In September 1988, they had one child born together.

The pair were married up until the time of his death in 2003.

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