Shonda Rhimes has been mourning the loss of her ‘very first champion.’
She has shared her grief and condolences on Twitter after she has learned that TV executive, as well as her longtime pal Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, has died on Thursday at the age of 50.
\Shonda has tweeted, “She was my very first champion at ABC Studios, the first exec to say ‘maybe Shonda could write a TV Show.’ Then she fought like hell to get us the chance to make the Grey’s Anatomy pilot.”
The Hollywood power has said that she has no way to describe this loss. Suzanne has passed away from the complications stemming from a hernia surgery, as per The Hollywood Reporter.
The star has brought several famous TV shows to millions of homes such as ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Lost,’ ‘The Blacklist,’ ‘Masters of Sex and Outlander.’ She has also worked for Touchstone TV, ABC Entertainment and Sony Pictures Studios.
The showrunner for ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ Krista Vernoff and tweeted her grief and has dedicated Thursday’s episode to Suzanne. Krista tweeted, “I’d like to dedicate tonight’s episode of #GreysAnatomy to Suzanne Patmore Gibbs who fought doggedly to put this series on the air. She was a super talent and funny and wise and deeply supportive friend. I love you, Suzanne.”
She has told THR that the mother of two was a fierce advocate for all that is right and good in this world. Suzanne has fought for women’s voices before it was a popular thing to do and while male network presidents often receive the credit for her work, she was the primary creative force behind ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ ever making it to the air.
Krista has said, “She was incredibly brave, and she stood up for what she believed in, even when her voice would shake. Suzanne is survived by her husband, Stuart and their two kids— Dashiell and Violet.