John Ritter, a master of sitcom silliness who ruled TV comedy with "Three's Company'' and rediscovered success 25 years later with "8 Simple Rules ... For Dating My Teenage Daughter,'' has died of an undetected heart problem. He was 54.
Ritter became ill Thursday while working on his ABC series and underwent surgery at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank for a tear in his aorta, a rare medical condition that can hit without warning.
"i watched 3's company every day and it was always like a ray of sun coming thru the house. thank you john and may you be with god and sharing your humor with him. may he give all your family peace and love...."
– judy pinkerton, an admirer of john .,
Sep 17, 2011