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How did Farrah Forke die? ‘Wings’ star, 54, left acting to raise twins

The news of Farrah Forke’s death comes days after the legendary actor and comedian Louie Anderson died on January 21
Farrah Forke was 54 (Photo by Twitter@toonhalloffame)
Farrah Forke was 54 (Photo by Twitter@toonhalloffame)

Farrah Forke, who was best known for her NBC sitcom, ‘Wings’ and ‘Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’, died on Friday, February 25 at her home in Texas. She was 54. The news of her demise was first confirmed by a family friend to Variety. The actress also shot to fame after she voiced the character Big Barda on the animated television series ‘Batman Beyond’ and ‘Justice League Unlimited.’
The news of Farrah Forke’s death comes days after the legendary actor and comedian Louie Anderson died on January 21. He was admitted to the hospital days earlier after being diagnosed with cancer but sadly could not make it. Bob Saget is another icon that Hollywood lost on January 9. Speaking of celebrity deaths, Betty White died at 99 of natural causes on December 31, 2021. Chick Vennera, DMX, Jay Black, and Jeanette Maus are other public figures who died last year leaving their loyal fans devastated.
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How did Farrah Forke die?

Farrah Forke was battling cancer for the last few years (Twitter@PensacolaJim)

Forke was battling cancer for the last few years and she died after she succumbed to the deadly disease. According to an official statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, “Farrah was fierce, tender, loyal, loving, strong, funny, smart, protective, kind, passionate and utterly irreplaceable.” The statement further read, “She brought a light so great to the world that even after her passing, the light remains.”
Forke was born in 1968, in Corpus Christi, Texas As and later moved to New York to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. She appeared on 35 episodes of Wings from 1992-94 as a former US Army helicopter pilot. She had made her debut with ‘Brain Twisters’ in 1991 and later went on to appear on the big screen in other movies including ‘Barry Levinson’s Disclosure’ (1994), ‘Michael Mann’s Heat’ (1995), ‘Ground Control’ (1998) and ‘Kate’s Addiction’ (1998). She also appeared on other iconic projects such as ‘Ned and Stacey’, ‘Mr. Rhodes’, ‘Party of Five’, ‘Disclosure’, ‘Heat’, and ‘Batman Beyond’. She later stepped away from acting to raise her twins, Chuck and Wit Forke. Forke is also survived by her mother, Beverly, stepfather Chuck, sisters Paige, Jennifer and Maggie; and her best friend, Mike Peterson.


‘This is so tragic. Farrah Forke was indeed fierce’

Social media users paid their tributes to the actress as one of the users stated, “I hate to hear that Farrah Forke passed away. I loved 'Lois & Clark' growing up & she really held her own against Dean Cain @RealDeanCain & Teri Hatcher @HatchingChange as Mayson Drake. We really need to find a cure for cancer!” One user shared, “I was totally in love with Farrah Forke on Wings.  She was everything I am drawn to:  Sarcastic and Bada**.  And 54 is way too young.  Rest in Peace Farrah.  And #F**kCancer” One user posted, “We are heartbroken to hear our friend Farrah Forke has passed! Will never forget those days of our youth living in the village of #NYC chasing our dreams! #GodSpeed Farrah! We pray for your boys and family!”
The next one tweeted, “RIP Farrah Forke. I like the Alex character in Wings. Wish she had stuck around.” One added, “Her character on Wings was the definition of a cool chick for me when I was growing up. A helicopter pilot!! F**k cancer!” Another added, “This is so tragic. Farrah Forke was indeed fierce, as an actress with enormous presence and as an incredible person. We loved working with her when she joined the cast of Wings where it was always joyous to be around her. RIP sweet Farrah.”