AceShowbiz - Sarah Jessica Parker has sadly lost her loved one. It was unveiled that the "And Just Like That..." star's stepfather, Paul Giffin Forste, passed away at the age of 76 following "an unexpected and rapid illness."
Confirming the sad news was the actress' family on Thursday, September 29. "In his last moments he was surrounded with the love and gratitude of his adored wife Barbara [Forste] of 54 years and children, including Sarah Jessica Parker," the family said in a statement.
"Paul will be remembered with the spirit of loving kindness which was his faith, his special delight in his 13 grandchildren, and his sustained belief in making the world a more charitable, tolerant, and beautiful place for all," the statement added.
Paul married Sarah's mother Barbara in 1968. According to the New York Times, Paul and Barbara were the ones who drove Sarah and her older brother, Timothy Britten Parker, to one of their first Broadway auditions in New York when she was just 11 years old.
"Although I did not do every show, I made my Broadway debut with her," Timothy told Playbill in 1996. "Our stepfather Paul also worked with us, both as the assistant stage manager and an understudy in the play. They really got a package deal with us."
Sarah was supposed to attend the New York City Ballet's 10th Annual Fall Fashion Gala on Wednesday. However, she called off the event last minute after she arrived at the David H. Koch Theatre at the Lincoln Center in New York.
The exact reason why the 57-year-old star pulled out of the event was not revealed that day. It was only announced from the stage that the "Hocus Pocus 2" actress, who is a vice chair for the Board of Directors, was forced to leave due to a "sudden devastating family situation."