Actress Ruth Buzzi, 85, is “bedridden and incapacitated” after suffering several strokes, reveals husband

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Ruth Buzzi’s husband recently revealed that the actress and comedian is ‘bedridden and incapacitated’ after suffering multiple strokes. Buzzi, who turns 86 on July 24, is best known for her role as Gladys Ormphby in the comedy sketch TV series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. The actress won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 1973 and two Primetime Emmy nominations in 1969 and 1972, reports PEOPLE. Now the American comedian’s husband Kent Perkins shared the heartbreaking news of her health in a post on his wife’s Facebook page. The heartbroken husband also shared a photo of Buzzi from her birthday last year, where she looked happy while holding a piece of cake.

“This photo was from nearly a year ago on Ruthie’s birthday. She wants you to know she is not in pain and is aware you are sending your best wishes her way as she battles the results of devastating strokes that have left her bedridden and incapacitated,” he wrote on the comedian’s official Facebook page. He explained: She can still speak and understand, she still recognizes all her friends and loved ones. I am reading to her your wonderful comments and she smiles. I might add that I am living with an attitude of gratitude for 43 years of marriage to my best friend, the greatest person I ever met, the one and only Ruth Buzzi. Her love for others knows no bounds, and she has spent a lifetime making people smile. Perkins concluded with praise for his wife for “dealing with the situation bravely, and still with humor, believe it or not… and with the love of God in her heart and soul, she thanks you for being her friend. And for the love you’ve shown her continuously for the past six decades or more… Whatever happens, please know you have always been loved right back in return,” he concluded.

Many fans commented on Ruth’s health update, thanking the actress for bringing joy into their lives through her on-screen presence. One person wrote: I have a life time of memories where Ruth made me laugh .. she is truly a comedy legend.. one of my favorite things she did on tv besides LAUGH-in was the kids show on Saturday mornings called THE LOST Saucer , my brothers and sisters and I loved that show so much .. Ruth gives me feelings of a time when my life was more innocent.. She is in my prayers.. Ruth we love you so much , be well , be calm , be joyful , when you can, be at peace , God is with you …let our love sustain you and God’s love carry you … Another added: She made me laugh so much as a child. The Lost Saucer was one of my favorite Saturday morning shows with her friend Jim Neighbors. Please thank her for me. Praying for comfort and strength for you both.

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