The Big Bang Theory might be one of the most enduring shows on television with a beloved cast and memorable cast, but currently they have been struck by a tragedy with which we all should empathize. A member of the cast is gone: Carol Ann Susi AKA the voice of Mrs. Wolowitz passed away early Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer. She was 62 years old.
Susi doesn't have a face that most Big Bang Theory fans would recognize because she never actually appeared in person much on the show. Instead, she was a mystery character, a ghost known only by her voice, that nonetheless captivated and entertained audiences for eight seasons. The most one saw of her was a brief glimpse during the wedding of her son, Howard Wolowitz, in the fifth season finale.
"The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz," Warner Bros. Television and Big Bang Theory producers Chuck Lorre, Steve Malaro, and Bill Prady said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show's eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann's immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance. In addition to her talent, Carol Ann was a constant source of joy and kindness to all. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with her family during this time, and we will miss her greatly."
Susi is survived by her brother, Michael, and his wife Connie, not to mention a wealth of friends and fans mourning the loss of such a bright spirit.