John Ritter’s death in 2003 – at the age of 54 – came as a shock to everyone.
Seven years later, John’s widow – Amy Yasbeck – has a new book coming out which reflects on the life she shared with her husband.
“I have a, you know, a John Ritter-shaped hole in my heart,” Amy told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush in a new interview. “Nobody can replace that.”
In her new book, “With Love and Laughter, John Ritter,” Amy documents her time with the late actor. The title itself holds special meaning, as it was the exact words John used when signing autographs.
In moving forward since John’s death, Amy has found courage with the help of one of John’s other favorite sayings.
“John’s thing was, ‘Here we go. Let’s go. Here we go,’” Amy explained. “If anybody is pulling me back into the world, it’s John going, ‘Come on. Get on out of bed, put on your makeup and let’s go.’”
And while several years have passed, the loss isn’t any easier to deal with for Amy.
“I’ve been asked that question – does it get easier? It gets more integrated into your life,” she revealed.
Also feeling the loss is the couple’s daughter Stella – who lost her father on her fifth birthday.
“Does she have great memories of her father? Does she struggle to remember him sometimes in some ways?” Billy asked Amy.
“She has great memories of John. Stella has kind of a crazy photographic memory anyway and she remembers every… she reminds me of things that he said and did,” Amy said. “It’s great.”
Amy is also helping to keep John’s memory and legacy alive for everyone with “Ritter Rules” – a list of life saving reminders to help recognize, treat and prevent thoracic aortic dissection – which claimed the actor’s life.
“When John died of aortic dissection, he was actually being treated… it was mistaken for a heart attack, which happens quite a bit sadly,” Amy explained. “Your likelihood of having it is 20 percent higher than anybody else if somebody in your family has had it.”
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