“Starsky & Hutch” star Paul Michael Glaser has paid tribute to his longtime friend David Soul following his death this week.
“David was a brother, friend, and caregiver,” Glaser said in a statement to People. “We’ll never see his like again.”
“I am finding it difficult to understand David’s passing. “It seems like just yesterday we were sharing loving insults on the phone,” continued Glaser, who starred as David Michael Starsky on the hit series.
“It just takes time, I tell myself; Saying goodbye to such a dear friend and important part of my life, I doubt I will allow myself to feel her loss, our loss, only slowly.
Glaser, 80, said his former co-star “loved and cherished” his wife, Helen Snell, who “stood by him through these difficult years.”
She added, “He could never tell me what she meant to him.” “My deepest condolences to all of his sons and his daughter Chyna.”
He concluded, “And to all of you, our supportive and caring public, who recognized a very special relationship and never stopped telling us. Thank you. We have all lost a dear friend who will live on in our memories.”
The buddy cop drama aired from 1975 to 1979 and was based on two California detectives. Soule starred as Sergeant Kenneth Richard “Hutch” Hutchinson.
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The actor died on Thursday at the age of 80.
Snell announced the news in a statement, saying her husband died “after a brave fight for life in the loving company of family.”
“He shared many extraordinary talents with the world as an actor, singer, storyteller, creative artist and dear friend,” he said. “His smile, laughter and passion for life will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched.”
Sol suffered from several health problems throughout his life, including cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Sol is survived by Snell and his six children – five sons and a daughter.