AceShowbiz - Paul Wesley is mourning the death of his former "The Vampire Diaries" co-star Annie Wersching. In the wake of the 45-year-old actress' passing, the actor took to his Instagram account to pen a sweet message for Annie.
"I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Annie Wersching," the 40-year-old actor wrote alongside a selfie of himself and the late star, who played his and Ian Somerhalder's on-screen mom on the hit series. Paul then described Annie as "a wonderful and talented person I was lucky enough to know."
In his post, the "Smallville" additionally urged fans to donate for "The Rookie" alum and her family. "Please contribute to the go fund me page set up in her name below. Link below," he concluded.
Also posting a tribute to Annie was Julie Plec, the showrunner for "The Vampire Diaries". She wrote on Twitter, "So sad to her this. I became a fan from '' and was lucky to be able to have Annie play mama to two of the hottest vamps in town." She added, "This go fund me is for her family. RIP Annie, you wonderful soul. For Annie's Boys… Freddie, Ozzie and Archie."
Annie sadly passed away at the age of 45 on Sunday, January 29 after a private battle with cancer. In the GoFundMe page for her husband Stephen Full and their sons Freddie (12), Ozzie (9) and Archie (4), it was revealed that the St. Louis native was diagnosed with cancer in 2020.
"Annie was diagnosed with cancer Summer of 2020. She's a private person by nature, and the diagnosis made her even more so. She wanted to protect her boys," the message on the GoFundMe page read, aimed at raising money for her husband and sons. "She wanted to get better so she could continue working. And honestly, she just didn't really want to talk about it. She wanted to live her life, on her terms, and be with her family," the note also said.
The message continued, "Annie lived for her family. She loved her work and cherished her friends, but Steve and the boys were her absolute everything. This Go Fund Me is for them. It's so Steve can have time to grieve without the pressure of needing to work. So he can be daddy to Freddie (12), Ozzie (9) and Archie (4) as they navigate the future without their mom, without sweet Annie."
"It's so they can continue to go to baseball games (Go Cardinals!) take music lessons and play little league. It's to help pay for college. It's so Steve can continue Annie's tradition of filling the house with every life-sized balloon that'll fit in the car for birthday mornings. It's to give them time to navigate life as a family of four without the burden of paying medical bills or funeral expenses. It's so they can continue to live life in a way that they know would make Annie proud," it added.