It ran for performances. Ritter won the Theatre World Award in for his performance in that work. In , Ritter married actress Nancy Morgan , with whom he had three children: Jason who first appeared in the opening credits of Three's Company ,   Carly, and Tyler. Yasbeck also played Ritter's wife in two sitcom appearances. In , both were guest stars on The Cosby Show , in which Yasbeck played the in-labor wife of Ritter's basketball coach character.
In , Ritter guest-starred on Yasbeck's sitcom, Wings , as the estranged husband of Yasbeck's character, Casey. He began sweating profusely and vomiting, and complained of having chest pains. He was taken across the street to the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center , by coincidence the same hospital where he was born. Ritter died during surgery to repair the dissection, six days before his 55th birthday.
Yasbeck accused Lee, who treated Ritter on the day of his death, of misdiagnosing his condition as a heart attack,  and Lotysch, who had given him a full-body scan two years earlier, of failing at that time to detect an enlargement of Ritter's aorta. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where he died. Ritter's Three's Company co-star Suzanne Somers said: We lost a good one, it was so unfinished".
Zach Braff , who worked with Ritter on Scrubs, called Ritter a "comic hero" of his, and said he had approached series creator Bill Lawrence to get Ritter to play his TV dad. Ritter's character, Paul Hennessy, was said to have died after collapsing in a grocery store while buying milk. ABC aired the first three episodes of the show's second season that had been taped before his death, each of which was introduced by Katey Sagal. The remainder of the show dealt with the family trying to grapple with Paul's death.
New male characters, played by James Garner and David Spade , were later added to the main cast as Ritter's replacements. Shortly before his death, Ritter had done a week-long taping with Hollywood Squares , which was aired as a tribute to him, introduced by Henry Winkler , the executive producer of the show and very close friend of Ritter's.
Four days after Ritter's death, Nick at Nite ran an all-night Three's Company marathon dedicated to his memory. Upon accepting his trophy, Grammer's remarks included comments made in tribute and remembrance of Ritter.
The purpose of the JRF is to provide accurate information to the general public about the disease and its risk factors, provide support to individuals who have thoracic aortic disease or have lost a loved one to the disease, and improve the identification of individuals at risk for aortic dissections and the treatment of thoracic aortic disease through medical research.
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