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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

August 7th update from Stephen, Karen's husband

A lot of people have been asking me what's the latest with Karen, so here it is:
   Last post I did was mid-June, we were in St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. A week later, everything the hospital could do for Karen had been done; bacterial infections & anemia handled, heart & lungs working - everything but the cancer itself.  By the way, props to St John's, a top notch hospital with a great staff of doctor's and nurses.
  Karen's health continued to deteriorate at an alarming pace. She became bed-bound: the spreading cancer having eaten away part of a vertebra and nerves in her lower back. Her left leg stopped functioning.  We could not go to Europe as we had hoped. It would have been almost impossible to travel to the airport.  So we brought alternative treatments to her bedside.  Hardly as effective as doing a full treatment in a clinic, but I firmly believe that these treatments have been keeping her alive.  I can't tell you how many times doctors and nurses have pulled me aside and told me that I better start hospice, as she was about to die.  One doctor told me that he thought that Karen had only 24 hours to live when she arrive at St. Johns June 3rd, and yet here she is alive two months later.
   The kind people at the Motion Picture Television Fund helped place her in a nursing facility, where she is now.  The cancer is still spreading slowly and it takes its toll.
   I have given up predicting what is going to happen to Karen.  In June family members flew in fearing the worse, but Karen is still here.  You look at the scans, they tell you one thing, then you meet Karen, and what you are left with is how amazingly alive she is. Maybe it's her belief system, maybe it's because she was never one to tune out with drugs in her life, but mostly it's her innate character. She can't help but take life head-on and be completely engaged in the moment, always interested, always curious, always present.
   My daughter and I have both stopped working so that we can be by her side and we have hired someone to help as well. Thanks to your generous support through this process we can be there for her all the time.  We are supplementing traditional medicine with all the alternative care we can afford.  This would not have been possible without your generosity.
  As a filmmaker I never remain idle, and have been filming this whole process from the beginning almost three years ago - it has been therapy for both Karen and myself, because after all, if cameras are rolling, it can't be really serious, it's just a movie, right?  I hadn't planned on doing anything with the footage, until a few weeks ago, Karen reached out to her old friend, Elliot Mintz. Elliot is considered a media guru who has offered advice to dozens of famous clients over the years including Karen. They spoke by phone about ways Karen could share her experience with others, in her own words, in her own way. I spoke with him about the many hours of film I had shot and within days, Elliot presented some ideas for us to consider.

Karen & Elliot screen grab
   On June 21st, Karen put on her make-up and her hair (chemo is not kind on hair) and had a heart to hear - a bedside talk with Elliot. They spoke for almost two hours. With my daughter shooting second camera in the tiny room, I filmed the deeply moving and candid conversation. Karen of course is very enthusiastic about finding the right platform for some kind of presentation. 'You can take the girl outta showbiz.....' so, we will see. It's still a little raw for me, I'm not sure. It would be an interesting and moving journey to share with a truly unique and original spirit. We are both grateful to Elliot for his support and guidance (He is representing us pro bono).
   So, that's where things are as we begin August. I wish I had better news to report. But cancer seldom allows for that. Karen and I have received hundreds of messages from you. Your prayers and well wishes help sustain us. We remain eternally grateful for all the love you continue to share.

164 comments:

FelixInHollywood said...

Please accept my love and heap it on the 'love pile' with the rest.

I also wish to offer my thanks to Karen and the family for the willingness (and the ferocious courage therein) to share this experience with the rest of us.

-Philip Mershon

John Bagley Jr said...

Stephen,
Just wanted again let you and Karen know she is in my thoughts and prayers everyday foe healing . My thoughts , my heart and my love are with you and your whole family as you deal with this . Karen has always been a favorite of mine , her talent and originality has always shined through her performances . Sending you good vibes and healing vibes to her in this time of need . I wish I could reach out and give all of you a hug, but will send the hugs across the web to you . xoxo John B

John Bagley Jr said...

Stephen,
Just wanted again let you and Karen know she is in my thoughts and prayers everyday foe healing . My thoughts , my heart and my love are with you and your whole family as you deal with this . Karen has always been a favorite of mine , her talent and originality has always shined through her performances . Sending you good vibes and healing vibes to her in this time of need . I wish I could reach out and give all of you a hug, but will send the hugs across the web to you . xoxo John B

John Bagley Jr said...

Stephen,
Just wanted again let you and Karen know she is in my thoughts and prayers everyday foe healing . My thoughts , my heart and my love are with you and your whole family as you deal with this . Karen has always been a favorite of mine , her talent and originality has always shined through her performances . Sending you good vibes and healing vibes to her in this time of need . I wish I could reach out and give all of you a hug, but will send the hugs across the web to you . xoxo John B

John Bagley Jr said...

Stephen,
Just wanted again let you and Karen know she is in my thoughts and prayers everyday foe healing . My thoughts , my heart and my love are with you and your whole family as you deal with this . Karen has always been a favorite of mine , her talent and originality has always shined through her performances . Sending you good vibes and healing vibes to her in this time of need . I wish I could reach out and give all of you a hug, but will send the hugs across the web to you . xoxo John B

John Bagley Jr said...

Stephen,
Just wanted again let you and Karen know she is in my thoughts and prayers everyday foe healing . My thoughts , my heart and my love are with you and your whole family as you deal with this . Karen has always been a favorite of mine , her talent and originality has always shined through her performances . Sending you good vibes and healing vibes to her in this time of need . I wish I could reach out and give all of you a hug, but will send the hugs across the web to you . xoxo John B

Anonymous said...

She is beautiful and loving and talented and inspirational. She is a legend. You are one lucky family to have had Karen in your lives. Our thoughts are with you. Robin Fletcher and Speech college students at El Centro College, Dallas.

Woody McBreairty said...

So very sorry. I don't understand why life is sometimes so cruel, but the energy & power of the universe is always with us & understands, no matter what. Best thoughts & wishes for & to Karen Black.

David said...

God Bless you and keep you all strong during this trying and most unfortunate experience...we hold you in our hearts and prayers. Peace,Light+Love~Always.

Marji Houston said...

Hang in there Karen! My thoughts and prayers are with y'all! :)

Marji Houston said...

Hang in there Karen! My thoughts and prayers are with y'all! :)

Marji Houston said...

Hang in there Karen! My thoughts and prayers are with y'all! :)

Marji Houston said...

Hang in there Karen! My thoughts and prayers are with y'all! :)

Marji Houston said...

Hang in there Karen! My thoughts and prayers are with y'all! :)

Anonymous said...

Wish you all peace & all good things. JJQ313

Dyanne McGrath said...

God Bless Karen and her wonderful Family....stay strong and fight the good fight...You are in our prayers daily...Hugs and Kisses Dy McGrath and Family xoxo

Jeanne Bannon said...

God bless you both. Sending prayers and love. Karen seems like such a strong lady. We could all learn a lot from her. She is also lucky to have such a dedicated husband and daughter by her side.

Bruce Zoldak said...

Karen, and family, I love you and your courgage and strength!

I am going to buy your m0vies and have a Karen Black weeknd, with nothing but the best movies ever!!

Thanks for creeping me out as a youngster!!

Les Stevens said...

My best wishes to Karen. She's been in some of my favorite films since I was a teen in the 70's. I always admired her fearlessness as an actor and I'm not surprised she is as fearless in life.

Les Stevens said...

My best wishes to Karen. She's been in some of my favorite films since I was a teen in the 70's. I always admired her fearlessness as an actor and I'm not surprised she is as fearless in life.

Kasie said...

thank you so much for sensitively sharing your and Karen's journey with her fans. We love her so much and think of her so often. I am really moved by your update today and hope that you can find some peace and someone can be strong for you as well. God bless both of you and your family.

Jamz88 said...

I've written a short note before, but I'm just so deeply moved by Karen's story I have to write again. Please pass on to her that a record producer in Nashville is praying for her right now. Of course asking for healing and the extraordinary but also asking for the peace that surpasses all expectations. Today I have the number one record in America with a group I produce, The Civil Wars. And in some small way it is because of the inspiration I drew from writers, musicians and actors like Karen. I grew up on Karen's films - had the crush - all of it. She was always unique and inspiring and she was doing it - show biz! Clearly don't know you two, but glad to drop a note to say be well, and know that you're remembered.

Mike Ballard said...

God bless all of you. Karen, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all of your wonderful movies over the years, but thank you even more for the lessons of courage, and the bravery and heart you have shown us in your fight. All the best to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Sending my warmest thoughts and lmost positive wzhes to you all. Love to Karen and all of you, her friends and family from a longtime London fan

Linda Mears said...

Thank you for keeping us posted Stephen. All my best wishes to Karen. She is such a lovely lady. I'm proud to have known her while on course at Valley Org. Lots of Love, Linda

Paul Haake said...

Good to hear Stephen, is there anything we can send or do to help her feel better?

Paul Haake said...

Good to hear Stephen, is there anything we can send or do to help her feel better?

Theresa Chaze said...

May I have your permission to send healing energy to Karen, you and your whole family. I am a Reiki Master who knows many others who are healers. I will spread the word, but I can not do so without permission. My email address is Tirgana@yahoo.com

Living Dead Girl Nicole said...

You talk about Karen's spirit and how she is keeping her spirit up despite all that she is going through. How the reports say one thing but Karen is living proof of another. This reminds me of the book/movie The Secret. That if you think more positively you invite positive energy into your life etc. There was a cancer survivor actually on the movie version who really touched me when I watched it. My Mom passed of breast cancer when I was 10. She was only 39 years old. Now that I am 32 years of age I realize really how scary it must have been to be diagnosed at the age of 35 and the fight she went through. I just want you guys to know that you might not know me and I might just be another fan but you are in my thoughts and prayers. I do read every update you post. God bless you both!

Theresa Chaze said...

Greetings,
I'm not sure of my other comment went through. I am a Reiki Master, who knows other healers. I would like to send healing energy to Karen, you and her family for the best and highest good of all. However, I can't do so without permission. To do so would interfere with destiny. My email address is Tirgana@yahoo.com. You many contact me there.

BRinMilwaukee said...

Difficult post, but a powerful story. She'll fight to the end, with a great man by her side. What more can we ask? There's your title for the doc: It's Only a Movie.

Marsha Kip said...

You are all so strong it is amazing.

Marsha Kip said...

You are all so strong it is amazing!

Jana B. said...

My friend, Diane Bay sent me this link. I am praying for all of you!

Jana B. said...

Diane Bay sent me your link. I am praying for all of you!

Carondoian said...

Karen, you are in my thoughts and prayers, as are your family. I am friends with Mark Patton and we were having a conversation about you a while back. He has some wonderful stories from "Come Back To The Five And Dime..." :-) I've so enjoyed your career and body of work. Thank you! Much love to you and yours.

Lee Pennington said...

My late wife, Joy, had stage 4 cancer when we discovered it. She was given two months at most to live and lived five. That time we spent together was the best time of our lives. Tell Karen she has a world of fans who love her and send beauful thoughts her way.

Carondoian said...

Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Just wanted to let you know I've been thinking about you. I'm friends with Mark Patton and we were having a conversation about "Come Back To The Five And Dime..." He has some wonderful stories about working with you and the rest of the cast :-) You're such a fine actress and I've always enjoyed your body of work. Thank you! Much love to you and yours...Bill Nugent

Anonymous said...

Love to your family...
Always a huge fan of your wife... and have been told I look like her...Let her know she is loved by me and all my friends..

Moyses Almeida said...

Sending all my love from Rio de Janeiro.

Puppy Kearns said...

juicing with tumeric, eating some soursop, and cannabis oil has helped my friend immensely and has stopped the cancer growing in get sternum and lower back.

http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/make-the-oil.html

Puppy Kearns said...

My heart and prayers are with you.
My dear friend has had great success in stopping the growth of returned cancer in her sternum and lower back by juicing raw foods and adding tumeric, drinking soursop juice, and using cannabis oil extract.

http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/make-the-oil.html

I hope it helps.

Scoll said...

Thank you for keeping us updated on Karen. Our prayers of support and healing are with Karen and the family always.

Scoll said...

Thank you for keeping us informed about Karen. may God bless your family always.

Scoll said...

Thank you for keeping us updated on Karen. Our prayers of support and healing are with Karen and the family always.

Justin Rhine said...

Wanting to wish Karen and her family all the best!! Your in my prayers.

Justin Rhine said...

Wishing Karen and her family many well wishes and your in my prayers!

Justin Rhine

Alex said...

I wish Karen makes a full recovery, because miracles are real, they do happen. Until then, I want to recommend something my mom takes which helps with her health, it's called Vibrant Health Green drink. It's got all those green veggies that fight cancer and build up the immune system. Also, consider looking into Zeolite, which helps combat the chemo side-effects, and consider also the Astragulus herb, which has anti-cancer chemicals. If she's dealing with an infection, she should also consider Colloidal Silver, which can sometimes help make some anti-biotics work better. I'm not sure what herbs she is taking, so these are merely suggestions.

Again I'm wishing and praying for Karen to get better. She was in some of my all time favorite films from the 1970s.

Steve said...

Karen Black has brought me so much joy throughout the years with her always intriguing performances. Please find some joy for yourself and for Karen in these trying days. Thank you Karen. And thank you Stephen for sharing this time with us. May you take a any strength I can share with you.

Kathleen Carbone said...

Sending you love and virtual chicken soup.

Kathleen

Sean Stark said...

My prayers go out to you and Karen. She has left an indelible mark on all those who have seen her on the Big Screen and there will never be another Karen Black! Forever she will be in our hearts and minds. It is so good to see her smiling a midst all the battling!

Sean Stark said...

My prayers go out to you and Karen. She has left an indelible mark on all those who have seen her on the Big Screen and there will never be another Karen Black! Forever she will be in our hearts and minds. It is so good to see her smiling a midst all the battling!

Sean Stark said...

My prayers go out to you and Karen. She has left an indelible mark on all those who have seen her on the Big Screen and there will never be another Karen Black! Forever she will be in our hearts and minds. It is so good to see her smiling a midst all the battling!

Barbara Segal said...

Still praying for your health and recovery...thank you for being such a wonderful spirit!

Anonymous said...

Please Lord, help her, all my prayers for Karen Black and her Family.

Leon

Enuff said...

I am so sorry to hear of Ms Black's health issues. This comes as a huge shock to me. It's the first I'm hearing of this.

I have wondered what had happened to her over the years. Usually there is something in the media. Something like this must have been in the news. I guess I had missed the reports. I'm glad I'm now up to date about her health.

My prayers and thoughts are with her and your family during this difficult time. You will all be in my prayers daily. The power of prayer and positive thoughts are embracing our family.

Please give her my best. I am a great fan of hers.

Luciana Torti-Junker

david said...

I am so sad..I can not stop crying.My dad too had chemo and radiation.Karen I pray so hard for!Please God take the toxons out of her body!!!I pray for the family.So sad and horrible news.David

Cyrico said...

I love you karen, what a wonderful family you have. You are forever an inspiration. Thank you for the update, Stephen.

Anonymous said...

How fortunate you both are to have each other. She is such a lovely, talented, kind human. Love and prayers for you both.

MaxRunyon said...

Infinite LUV and continued prayers to Karen.
I LUV HER I LUV HER I LUV HER

Alaskanboy88 said...

saying prayers for Karen Black from Alaska

Alaskanboy88 said...

Saying prayers from a fan in Alaska my heart goes out to her family and Karen..

66fiveandahalf said...

Thank you for this update. She is a phenomenal actress, but then you know that. My prayers and well wishes to you both. God Bless

RSL said...

our thought's are with you Karen!!! sending love and hug's from Kentucky...

Russ said...

Prayers for you both. May God work His healing power in you, Karen.

Much love, Russ Lanier, a long time fan.

Russ said...

Prayers on bended knees for you both. Karen, I am a Christian and was brought up seeing the miracle of healing. I pray in Jesus name that this cancer be destroyed in my sister Karen. In His name I offer thanks and praise for the healing. I pray God strengthen and fill you with peace. Love to you both. Russ Lanier, a long time fan.

Anonymous said...

Dear Stephen,

I have just read the latest update about Karen and feel terrible. Please let her know that there are old fans of hers out here who love and care for her and if there is anything you guys need, please let me know. Tell her also that in the words of Winston Churchill...she must never, never give up! My thoughts and prayers for you both.

David Rubin

Ms. Multiplatform said...

Love to you. I worked with Karen on The Vagina Monologues in 2000 and she was amazing, wonderful and beautiful.Sending lots of white light and love your way. xo

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this. It's so difficult to see someone we love to go through something so hard. We appreciate you keeping us informed. Sending positive thoughts and lots of love.

Anonymous said...

I was privileged, to have Met Karen; after a One Woman show, in a Town near San Francisco, " She was Professional yet very Gracious. I would like send, Unconditional love and Light to her, during her illness. Rob W, May the Angels, watch over you Karen.

Roger Sanchez said...

Karen,

I'm reminded of what my mom went through two years ago: she would have been 63 this coming Saturday (ovarian cancer). I miss her to this day, and know the best thing we could have done for her was be there with her - both in life and when she needed us most.

All my thoughts, positive energy and love are in your direction, and provide some lines that help me realize the truth about our existence in life: 'You are the universe, expressing itself as a human for a little while.' - Eckhard Tolle

Again, much love and strength your way from me. - Roger

Roger Sanchez said...

Karen,

I'm reminded of what my mom went through two years ago: she would have been 63 this coming Saturday (ovarian cancer). I miss her to this day, and know the best thing we could have done for her was be there with her - both in life and when she needed us most.

All my thoughts, positive energy and love are in your direction, and provide some lines that help me realize the truth about our existence in life: 'You are the universe, expressing itself as a human for a little while.' - Eckhard Tolle

Again, much love and strength your way from me. - Roger

Anonymous said...

Dear Miss Black and Loved Ones,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the endless inspiration you have given me on screen (THE GREAT GATSBY, NASHVILLE and AIRPORT '75 being among my childhood favorites), and most especially now, as you keep to things, walking in faith, not fear. I truly adore you and will never ever be able to thank you enough, but I will continue my gratitude for you in my prayers. God bless you all.

A fellow actor (in part due to you--one of THE greats),

E.J. Carroll (ejeedge@aol.com)

Leesa said...

So sorry to hear this.. I have been a long time fan of Karen's - since my early childhood back in the 70s...
What an amazing woman she is..

Sending warm thoughts and lots of positive energy.. for Karen and your entire family...

Leesa

MsAdesio said...

I'm a longtime fan, but I feel I love Karen now as simply a woman and not just that lovely talented actress. A brave lady and her husband seems amazing. Keep strong!

MsAdesio said...

I'm a longtime fan, but I feel I love Karen now as simply a woman and not just that lovely talented actress. A brave lady and her husband seems amazing. Keep strong!

Anonymous said...

Every form of positive energy and empathy to Karen and her family.

Anonymous said...

Karen is an inspiration, as well as a star.

Dahlia said...

Dear Karen, I love you and Knox sends his love too.
Please have your husband make this for you and use it.
This simple and very inexpensive device to make has killed cancer cells.
Here is the link:
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/microelectricitygermkiller/ .
Robert Luhrs knows about it intimately and he can be your guide. He can be found on Facebook.
At this point it would be worth it.
Love again, Olivia

Dahlia said...

Dear Karen, I love you and Knox sends his love too.
Please have your husband make this for you and use it.
This simple and very inexpensive device to make has killed cancer cells.
Here is the link:
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/microelectricitygermkiller/ .
Robert Luhrs knows about it intimately and he can be your guide. He can be found on Facebook.
At this point it would be worth it.
Love again, Olivia

Steve Howard said...

Thanks Stephen - We have you all in my thoughts and prayers. I appreciate the difficulty of writing a tough message like that, but glad to know how things are.

Great love to you and to Karen,

Stephen & Anne Howard

Wanyon Magnon said...

My Dad had lung cancer. He had radiotherapy but decided it wasn't for him. He just wanted to live as much of his life as he could without feeling like crap.

My friend had Prostate cancer and he too snubbed radiotherapy, etc. and in fact wanted nothing to do with the hospital treatments other than going there for regular check-ups/tests. He instead chose the alternative treatments/medicines route and found that it prolonged his life, made him feel a little better and his cancer actually slowed down. It eventually started shrinking too! Alas, the alternative herbal medicines he had been importing were costing him £300 per month and he reached a point where he could no longer afford them (and no health authority would ever fund it obviously). Within a couple of months of stopping buying that stuff, his cancer returned with a vengeance. He deteriorated, was put on steroids, pain medication and other drugs by the hospital (which he had no choice in using by that point) and a few months after that he lost the battle that he had been s valiantly winning.

My point being, please keep doing what you are doing. Alternative means are always advantageous and combined with your love and support and the lovely lady's own spirit, I am sure you are doing the right thing. =)

Much love and wishes to you both.

Keep smiling, keep laughing and keep remembering how many people out there care that you may not be aware of!

Wayne

Anonymous said...

Wishing you all,love,light and strength at this time,keep karens spirit enlightened and alive,cancer may of taken her body but can not take the spirit for life that lies with in away xx

luscious layla said...

Love you Karen my heart is with you and I know you will fight this and I know you will win. I really wish you the best im praying for you

luscious layla said...

Love you Karen my heart is with you and I know you will fight this and I know you will win. I really wish you the best im praying for you

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful story!!! Your family sounds amazing!!! You are all in our prayers....Love & Light sent your way!

Tina said...

I was unaware that she was sick until a friend of mine told me. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good fight Ms Black! Remember you survived Bette Davis ;)

Today I'll be watching either "Day of the Locust" or "Trilogy of Terror" (or maybe "Burnt Offerings" once again) and sending you my very best thoughts.

Patrick

Anonymous said...

Please, try medical marijuana oil - it has been proven to kill cancer. A person with stage 4 cancer has been completely cured by it...This could be the miracle you've been waiting for.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the latest news. What bright spirits you both are!

Anonymous said...

I'm very sorry to hear that, I've always admired Karen & enjoyed her roles in movies & TV.

Barry Henderson said...

Love You Karen, Thanks for the memories!

J. said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. We are praying for you guys. I know those words may have had a diminished meaning while going through what you're going through-or those words may have a renewed sense of meaning in the midst of this. Like most people, I only have been able to get to know Karen through her acting (House of 1000 Corpses being a favorite for potentially less than obvious reasons). I am praying for peace, uncommon wisdom, abundant life, and an ability for God to bring about what is needed. It may not mean much-but we Love you guys and are praying from a distance.

Anonymous said...

Karen & Stephen, my thoughts and prayers are with you both as well as your daughter. Stay strong and whole in our Father,Mother,God's healing light. xox E

jjrwassmoto said...

a truly unique and original spirit

John Goodwin said...

This news comes as a complete shock...One of the most gifted,charismatic actresses of all tme.Karen and Stephen,my thoughts and prayers are with you both.John,Sydney Australia.

John Goodwin said...

This news comes as a COMPLETE shock...that this should happen to one of the most charismatic,manifestly gifted actresses of all time!Karen and Stephen,sending love and light your way...John.Sydney Australia.

Ted said...

Wishing her the best possible outcome, tempered with the realism that cancer is not a friend. BUT Karen's upbeat spirit may be just the thing to create a happy ending. You are all very brave and courageous to make this fight so public. I trust others will learn from it and I know I speak for many when I wish you all the very best.

Ted said...

Wishing her the best possible outcome, tempered with the realism that cancer is not a friend. BUT Karen's upbeat spirit may be just the thing to create a happy ending. You are all very brave and courageous to make this fight so public. I trust others will learn from it and I know I speak for many when I wish you all the very best.

David DeCosmo said...


Truly a tough act to follow! God Bless!

Edward Copeland said...

Forward my best wishes to Ms. Black. I know the burden of health problems, but nothing to that extent. I definitely identify with the frustration of suddenly losing your mobility and becoming bedridden. I've lived with that for more than five years, but thankfully I haven't had to face the other problems that Ms. Black faces. I wish her and her family the best and will think of her often.

Tony Westbrook said...

Thank you and know you both are in my thoughts and prayers! Fight the good fight Karen!! You landed a plane you can beat this!!!!

Ray Crowe said...

Love her and would like to extend my sincere support for this talented lady who, without me actually knowing personally, has had a very special impact on my life!

Anonymous said...

We are very sad to hear that the trip to England was not possible, but at least she is comfortable and among those who love her. She has always been an inspiration, even more so now

Cassio Amorim said...

I am a Brazilan guy and would like to share with Karen's family my most heartenning wishes and say that I will be praying for peace of mind, strength of the spirit and lightness of hervsoul! God bless you all.

Elvira said...

We love you, Karen.

Anonymous said...

My prayers and best wishes to you and your family. As someone you grew up watching the films of the 70's I can honestly say it wouldn't have been the same without you in them. Thanks.

Martha Pittman said...

Karen, My prayers are with you... I lost my Mom to cancer on July 8th of this year. She was told in April she had it and by July... it was too overpowering. I wish you all the best in the world. I hope you beat it and win. My thoughts will be with you

Anonymous said...

A beautiful love story. There's a special place in Heaven for caregivers.

Bobby Logan said...

So very sorry for you loss.

Bobby

Jeremy [Retro] said...

All of our love sent...

Anonymous said...

I grew up watching you, and enjoying your films Karen Black. May you rest in peace, and God be with you as he takes your hand to meet his.
JoAnn

Anonymous said...

You and your family are in my prayers Karen. Life is so unpredictable and yet you have found the strength to go on. I wish for you peace and happiness. Your fan, Kathleen

Blue said...

Rest in peace, Karen.

Christine Craft said...

makes me so sad...I enjoyed her very much!

Christine Craft

Sandy L. said...

A beautiful post. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear "we' have lost Karen. Rest in Peace.

jlp said...

My deepest condolences on the passing of Karen Black a wonderful and most talented Actress. Her work will continue to inspire and entertain for generations to come. My sincere prayers to her loving and devoted husband, daughter and family and friends. She was and will always be a "Star".

Jaclyn Ross said...

I am terribly sorry for your loss. Karen was such a tremendous gift to us, and I thank you for sharing her last days with us. Several years back I lost my aunt to cancer, and I know what a horrible disease it is. I pray that you find peace in the coming days, and my thoughts are with you.

jlp said...

My deepest condolences on the passing of Karen Black a wonderful and most talented Actress. Her work will continue to inspire and entertain for generations to come. My sincere prayers to her devoted husband, daughter and family at this difficult time. Karen Black was and will always be a "Star".

Anonymous said...

RIP Karen. :(

Jess said...

Stephen, I'm so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. A tough, strong, and determined woman, a wonderful talent and a beautiful person. She'll be missed. I hope you will continue to write this blog in her place...xo

Stacy Alexander said...

Karen was a beautiful spirit in the lives of millions. The world is a better place because of the time she spent with us all. Sending love and support to her family.

Stacy Alexander

Anonymous said...

Brilliant actor, lovely woman, gentle soul... Rest In Peace, Sweet Lady

Freddiebones said...

I just read that we lost Karen Black today ....she was a wonderful talent, and left the world a richer place for having been here ....My thoughts to family and friends ...

Freddie

Freddiebones said...

I just read that we lost Karen Black today ....she was a wonderful talent, and left the world a richer place for having been here ....My thoughts to family and friends ...

Freddie

Daniel Leinart said...

my heart goes out to you and your daughter.. the world is crying today ...

Anonymous said...

God Bless her and family... <3

Anonymous said...

Very sorry to see her leave us, She'll be missed.

Iris Witte said...

Sorry that she is gone from the earth. Her soul lives on, I am sure.

Iris Witte said...

Sorry for your loss. Karen will never be forgotten.

Anonymous said...

Aloha nui loa, Karen.

Frank said...

Stephen, please accept my condolences. I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a remarkable woman.

Tony Ruiz said...

We wish you the best if everything God has to offer, and it's a lot, from Prescott Arizona. I got this link from my old friend Elder Olson and I'm glad to try to contribute some encouraging and good news.

If you don't know the Lord yet, please reach out to Him and have him hold a mansion for you in Heaven. He's real, He loves all of you and He is reaching out to all of us who haven't taken that step yet of accepting Him. It's just that easy. I'll leave you with that and saying God bless you both and your daughter.

Carolyne Mas said...

I am so very sorry for your loss...the world's loss, really...but heaven's gain for certain. Much Love to You.

Carolyne Mas said...

I am so very sorry for your loss...for the world's loss, really...but heaven's gain for certain. Much Love to You.

dammitray said...

I am terribly sorry for your loss, Stephen. Karen will be missed.

-Ray Prewitt

Anonymous said...

I was always a fan of Karen Black and it was always a joy to see her on the screen! I loved her face and her wonderful personality! She stood out in every film she was in because of this gift called "presence"!
She will never be forgotten and she will be missed. Rest in peace Karen!

Anonymous said...

Words fail me right now. But when you are ready, please share the film if at all possible. I would pay to see her final performance - I hope that thought would make her happy.
Warmest regards,
A Fan

Anonymous said...

What a truly heartfelt update.
RIP

spock7005 said...

We miss you already, Karen. We will never forget you - thanks for all the memories through the years!

Nancy Guzan said...

Stephen,
Just read your blog on your wife's status which was shared by my friend and former teacher Rob Reece.

I am a breast cancer survivor and when it hurts to hear that another wonderful person has this disease.

Even though I do not personally know your wife Karen, I have enjoyed her performances. In interviews, I believed she was being herself.

I will keep your family in my prayers. Perhaps, a miracle will happen soon.

Take care,

Nancy Guzan

Nancy Guzan said...

Rob Reece, my friend and former teacher shared this sad news. I did not know that your wife, Karen Black had cancer. She is a wonderful actress. When I have seen her in interviews, I liked her because I believed she was being herself. As a cancer survivor, it hurts to see another person suffering from this disease. She sure has a positive attitude and that is a big part of the battle. I will keep Karen and your family in my prayers. And believe that a miracle could happen.

cousin linda said...

I'm shattered. She illuminated the screen and took the eyes and heart hostage from the moment she appeared. From my youth in the sixties, I've looked forward to seeing her name in a film, because I knew I was about to be swept up and taken to new places. Her ability to define and inhabit a character was second to none. Five Easy Pieces --- you didn't know whether to laugh or cry, so you did both. She so stole that movie. Adorable and gorgeous, sexy and tragic and so so human in the deepest, finest sense of the word. Oh Karen, you can't leave us. I'd give every cent I have....

sharon farrell said...

God Bless you little girl. I would never had a career if you and my other friend Joan Hackett hadn't turned down "Marlowe" with James Garner. You were always so kind and funny and charming to me whenever we ran into each other. I'm praying for you and have been every since I heard you were ill. You'll keep them hopping up there in Heaven Please give Joan Hackett and Steve McQueen, and Bruce Lee big hugs from me. I hope you all are having a ball. I'll be seeing you! Love Sharon Farrell

Kelly Sturm said...

Condolences to friends and family. She was a great actor.

Laura Zufan said...

R.I.P. Karen You will be deeply missed.

sharon farrell said...

I'm so glad you treated the whole experience as a movie and we will be able to share last moments with her and learn from her. She was so smart in so many ways. I remember when we both had little babies and she was telling me she really didn't believe that they needed so much protein. More veggies and fruits. Maybe hard core beef and chicken and PROTEIN only a couple times a week And I was thinking that protein was the most important every day. She was a great Mom and that's all we talked about, our kids and what was best to feed them.

Donnie pace said...

I am very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person she was not only a very talented actress but I believe a very beautiful and loving person she will not be forgotten and will always be loved as for her Family you will always have her spirit with you and will one day Reunite with her R.I.P. Karen.

blaise panzarella said...

oohhh, karen,, god bless you sweetie...i ve been a fan of yours for seems like forever. and always will be.thank you for just being you..one great actress..one tuff cookie...lol. and truely a beautiful person..again god bless you and your family.. thank you stephen for your updates..be strong..

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace!

John Shelton (aka MrSheltonTV) said...

so, so sorry... best blessings to Karen's family in this difficult time. Such a great presence in films and she has acted beside a lot of my favorite actors and stars and directors.

#GodblessYouKaren
#SendingBlessings

glen0330 said...

I was deeply saddened to hear of her passing. She was a consumate actress who made her roles personal. You never felt she was acting, she WAS that person. I especially liked her role in "Nashville". Thank you for bringing such wonderful charachters into our lives.

David Avery said...

Dear Stephen: Ten years ago, I wrote Karen letting her know how her performance of NANCY PRYOR in AIRPORT 1975 inspired me deeply. She wrote me back in a warm, genuine letter that I have never forgotten and always kept. I was taken aback by her wit, her openness, and most of all, her love. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Elliot, if you could get this to Stephen, I'd greatly appreciate it.

David Avery
Chicago, IL

Leveille Colombe said...

My Sympathy to Mr Eckelberry from Québec Canada. I will pray for her soul and let's our profound love continue to be with her like God always do for everyboy of us. Love is always present to help us to improve our understanding of all the particules of the Love of the universe and become closest of our saoul deeply Inside of our Sacred Hearth.

Leveille Colombe said...

My Sympathy to Mr Eckelberry from Québec Canada. I will pray for her soul and let's our profound love continue to be with her like God always do for everyboy of us. Love is always present to help us to improve our understanding of all the particules of the Love of the universe and become closest of our saoul deeply Inside of our Sacred Hearth.

curegirl0421 said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your wonderful wife; my best wishes to you and your family. She was an amazing woman.

40 something said...

I am so very sorry to hear the sad news of your wives passing. May she rest in peace. My deepest sympathies go out to friends and family. She will be sorely missed by those who knew her well, and of course those who also knew of her through her working career. Rest in peace Karen Black xxx

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss. I was a great fan of Karen's and thought she was especially good in "Nashville". I am 72 and have been battling first breast cancer and then leukemia for about 13 years. It's a hard thing.

Kay said...

I am so sorry to hear of your wife's passing. She was truly one of a kind and this world is a little less bright now.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for the loss... so very sorry... i know what cancer is like when it comes in to rob us of the very ones we love... my prayers to you and your daughter and RIP KB

Anonymous said...

Dear Stephen,

I am sorry for the passing of the beloved Karen Black.

The world is a sad place since August 8, when she left all of us, but her strength in Life will be an example for us all.

In the name of her Brazilian fans, my deepest and sincere condolences.

Stephan Segantini, from Brazil

Savethsville said...

Karen was an inspiration for me! Her performance in Five Easyieces was nuanced with the essence of what it was like to be a woman in lovewiththe man she believes is in-love with her! RIP sweet, sweet woman! As a colon cancer survivor, I share your sadness in the difficult battle with cancer these past years. Best regards, Diane

Diane Woods said...

Thank you for letting us know. Thank you for loving each other so much. You inspire.