Thursday, December 30, 2004

Flights of Angels...

It is with a heavy heart that I send out condolences to the family of Helena Hufford-Zaslow. The 19-year-old daughter of Michael Zaslow -- the late legendary Emmy-award-winning star of Guiding Light -- and his wife Susan Hufford, passed away on Dec. 28th. I still can't believe it's been over six years since Michael passed away from ALS. My thoughts and prayers are with Helena's mom, Susan, and her sister, Marika, during this horribly sad time for them.

20 Comments:

At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read the obituary in the NYT for Helena Zaslow. I was a big fan of her father's and was sorry to hear of her passing at such a young age.

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger Esther said...

You and me both. I was in total shock when I heard. I can't even begin to imagine what her death has done to her mom and sister. Just heartbreaking.

I was a huge fan of Michael's work too. Roger and Holly were probably the most fascinating (they put the fun in dysfunction) couple ever on soaps. And I loved him on OLTL too. Heck, I loved him on King's Crossing with Linda Hamilton and told her so when I met her after a play reading. I guess the only saving grace of his death is that he wasn't alive to experience Helena's loss.

 
At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

helena was a sweet kid. very emotional and brilliant.

 
At 9:50 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Thank you for telling us that, Anon. Last time I saw Helena, she was probably only around 4 years old. But I'd seen pictures in the mags over the years and she'd grown into a beautiful young woman. Just so sad.

 
At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how did helena die? I went to school with her. This news is sad.

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger Esther said...

I don't know. Regardless, her loss must be devastating to all of you who knew her. You have my sympathy.

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger Esther said...

I'm getting a ton of hits to my site because of people looking up Helena on a search engine. I know there isn't much out there as far as info (and I don't have any to provide), but it's obvious a lot of people are hurting -- whether they knew her personally or were fans of her dad. Please feel free to use this area to post about whatever you're feeling.

 
At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helena died from a heart attack brought on by a drug overdose.

 
At 1:11 PM, Blogger Kari said...

Helena was a brilliant young woman. I went to school with her and was incredibly upset to read President Walsh's letter to the community. Helena will be missed and the community will not be the same without her.

 
At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helena was a sincere and wonderful person - very sweet. She did not pass due to a drug overdose, but from a car accident in Connecticut.

 
At 1:25 PM, Blogger Esther said...

To be honest, anything written by anyone signed in as "Anonymous" about her death I plan to take with a grain of salt. Besides, in the end, I don't think how she died matters but rather how her death has affected so many of us. I'd rather we stick to that anyway.

 
At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look: anyone who knows how this happened, please don't go into graphic details here, for the sake of her family.

 
At 5:55 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Thanks for saying what I was trying to say -- but much better than I said it.

 
At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to school with Helena too. I didn't know her, but it makes me so sad. I'm so sorry that our school lost such a young and talented person. Her mother and sister must be devestated...

 
At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes it is very sad. i went to high school with helena as well. they had a beautiful memorial for her a few days ago. while i understand why it is not the right place to talk about her cause of death, i disagree with some of the other posts. it is important to understand what happened and to remember that we always have to be there for each other.

 
At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the memorial was definitely beautiful, although i didn't understand the words in the chanting. one of the brighter aspects (and i know that is an extremely poor choice of wording, given how horrible this was) is that she had so many friends who cared so deeply for her, and some of who said such eloquent and loving things in her honor.

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart just breaks for Helena's family. They have experienced so much saddness and loss, first with the passing of Michael, and now Helena. I hope they can find healing and peace. My thoughts are with them.

 
At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow.

 
At 7:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's very sad to hear about that...

My uncle was a stage tech at ABC and he helped develop the computer that gave Michael a voice in the last few years. I met his wife when I was about 7-that about a year after he died. My uncle repaired something in their apartment. Her computer or something. I remeber that the three ladies were very, very nice to me. This is a shock to hear about, I never knew that their daughter had passed away as well. What a tragedy.

 
At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05063/466367.stm

this page lists the cause.
xing

 

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