August 07, 2018

Kim Fields mourns co-star Charlotte Rae's death in heartbroken post

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After Charlotte Rae passed away from cancer, her co-star Kim Fields made sure to pay loving tribute to the "Facts of Life" actress in a series of heartbreaking Instagram posts. 

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According to Kim, Charlotte Ray was an "indelible force of spirit, and that is what brought life to every character she portrayed." 

"While she will be missed on a level I can't even quantify,  I am very happy knowing that she knew how much she was loved. She knew how well the show that SHE was the star of, was regarded. She knew she was a legend. And although she would never use those labels about herself, she knew that she was at the head of something that would impact generations. And her unique gift did. I am happy to know that she got her honors and her "flowers" while she was still with us."

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Kim Fields played Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on "The Facts of Life," playing alongside Charlotte who played her kind housemother at an all-girls boarding school.

Rae became one of the most popular breakout characters, due to the interesting role she played in the series "Diff'rent Strokes," and she eventually, she proposed a spin-off for the show, and that became "The Facts of Life." This show is where the two lovely actresses met one another and built a relationship with one another. Eventually, Charlotte had to leave the show for health reasons. 

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As we have previously reported right here on Celebritist, Charlotte revealed that she was diagnosed with bone cancer in April 2017. This comes after she was announced cancer-free in 2010 following a tough battle with pancreatic cancer. In a statement, she shared:

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"About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer — which is a miracle that they found it because usually, it’s too late. My mother, sister, and my uncle died of pancreatic cancer. After six months of chemotherapy, I was cancer-free. I lost my hair, but I had beautiful wigs. Nobody ever knew. So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. I’m not in any pain right now. I’m feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground. Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life."

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Due to her old age and the stressful effects of chemotherapy, the legendary actress chose to make the most out of the remainder of her life. She was 92-years-old when she peacefully passed away surrounded by her loved ones. 

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