American actress Marica Strassman, who is known for her roles in such television hits as "Welcome Back, Kotter" and "M*A*S*H," tragically passed away tis weekend after losing her battle against breast cancer. She was 66 years-old.

Marcia Strassman
Strassman died aged 66 years-old after losing a fight against breast cancer

On Sunday (Oct 26th) Strassman's sister confirmed the sad news to Deadline, telling the publication, "She was the funniest, smartest person I ever met, and talented. She knew everything. Now I won't be able to call her and ask her questions."

Strassman first left her home in New Jersey to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting when she was only 18 years-old. Her first breakout role came in the 1975 sitcom 'Welcome Back, Kotter,' a show about a teacher returning to his rough high school and neighbourhood, playing the part of Gabe Kaplan's wife.

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Along with her many television and film credits, Strassman was also well known for starring opposite Rick Moranis in the 1989 feature film 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' and its sequel, 1992's 'Honey I Blew Up the Kids.'

News of Strassman's death emerged when her close friend 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' director Bob Weide, posted on Twitter: "So sad that a sweet friend, kind person & wonderful actress Marcia Strassman lost her brave battle with cancer today."

Another longtime pal, singer/actress Cher, also tweeted: "Wanted U2 No,a Funny,Talented Friend Died.Not 4U 2feel sorry 4me,but she died alone, &Energy from U is powerful &Sends (love) 'Marsha (sic) Strassman'"

R.I.P. Marica Strassman.