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SATC’s Willie Garson joked adopted son Nathen, 20, would ‘soon be taking care of him’ one year before his death at 57

WILLIE Garson gushed about his son Nathen in an interview one year before his untimely passing.

The Sex and the City and White Collar star died this week aged 57, after a secret battle with cancer.

In an interview in October 2020, Willie opened up about his love for his adopted 20-year-old son and joked about him taking care of him in his old age.

He told Page Six: “He’s an adult and soon to be taking care of me which is really why I got him to be honest.

'HE'S WONDERFUL'

“He’s lovely and a really special guy. He’s wonderful and he’s in college in Ohio.”

Willie also talked about how he longed for a child for many years before adopting Nathen in 2009.

He explained: “I had a long relationship off and on for like 20 years, and she never wanted to have a child, which is fine,” he said. 

“And it was like my mid-life crisis. Like, I really wanted a child more than anything else. And I got one and we’re partners, my kid and I.”

Nathen took to Instagram to share a tribute to his famous dad on Tuesday.

'LOVE YOU SO MUCH PAPA'

The student wrote: “I love you so much papa. Rest In Peace and I’m so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much. I’m so proud of you. I will always love you, but I think it’s time for you to go on an adventure of your own. 

“You’ll always be with me. Love you more than you will ever know and I’m glad you can be at peace now. You always were the toughest and funniest and smartest person I’ve known. I’m glad you shared you’re [sic] love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it.”

After news broke of his death, Willie's SATC castmates paid tribute to the star on social media.

Cynthia Nixon, 55, who plays Miranda Hobbes on the show was one of the first of Willie's costars to pay tribute.

Nixon shared a photo of her with Willie at a party along with a heartfelt message which read: "So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @Willie.Garson. We all loved him and adored working with him.

"He was endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional — always. My heart goes out to his son, @Nathen_Garson. Nathen, I hope you know how much he loved you and how proud he was to be your dad."

TRIBUTES POUR IN

Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones in the HBO series, wrote: "Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo"

Mario Cantone, who stars as Anthony Maranthino on the show, also shared a sweet message on social media.

Mario wrote: "I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner. I’m devastated and just overwhelmed with Sadness. Taken away from all of us way soon. You were a gift from the gods sweet Willie. Rest …I love you."

Bosch actor Titus Welliver broke the news of Willie's passing with a post on Tuesday along with a photo of the beloved actor.

'NO WORDS'

"There are no words. I love you dear brother. We are fewer,"

The actor had been filming scenes for the upcoming SATC reboot in New York in recent weeks.

Willie starred on SATC on 27 episodes throughout the six seasons from 1998 until its series finale in 2004. 

His character Stanford Blatch was a close friend of Carrie Bradshaw's (Sarah Jessica Parker) who often struggled to overcome insecurities around dating in the big city.

As well as the TV show, Willie also appeared in the first Sex And The City feature film in 2008 and its sequel, titled Sex and the City 2, in 2010.


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