Susan Lucci pays tribute to her late husband Helmut Huber at the Daytime Emmy Awards

Susan Lucci paid tribute to her late husband, Helmut Huber, during the in memoriam segment at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday.

Lucci appeared on stage at the Pasadena Convention Center to introduce the in memoriam segment honoring the cast, crew and other daytime TV stars who died this year. Before the segment began, the actor took a moment to talk about her husband’s death.

Huber died at age 84 at the end of March. The couple had been married for over 50 years.

“I am so happy to be here with you tonight to celebrate the people we love and have lost this year,” Lucci, 75, began. “I send my condolences from the bottom of my heart to the loved ones of those to whom we pay tribute this evening. My husband, Helmet Huber, was a larger than life force of nature. He was a confident carer who knew exactly how to shake things up and make us all laugh at the same time. Helmut loved and was so proud of our beautiful children and grandchildren.

Lucci said Huber was the love of her life, adding, “They say heartbreak is the price we pay for love. Well, heartbreak is an excruciating price, but I wouldn’t give up even a second of love. »

The ‘All My Children’ star and Huber first met at the Garden City Hotel in Long Island, New York, where he worked at the hotel while she was on summer vacation from college. The couple only dated three weeks before he popped the question and they were married on September 13, 1969.

Huber is survived by Lucci, one brother, four children including his two children with Lucci, Liza and Andreas Huber, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

While Lucci has remained fairly quiet on social media following the loss of her husband, on April 17 she shared a sweet photo on Instagram of the couple sharing a dance as they smiled at each other. In the caption, Lucci simply wrote, “Love of my life.”

The month after Huber’s death, Lucci also publicly thanked fans for their support in a sweet Instagram post. The actor shared a snap of an elaborate floral display, writing the touching message in the caption.

“You have touched my heart deeply – I thank each and every one of you for your outpouring of condolences for me – and your beautiful loving comments for Helmut,” she wrote.

Last month, Lucci shared a sentiment about grief similar to one she expressed during her speech at the Daytime Emmy Awards. She posted a photo of a quote on her Instagram feed that read, “Heart never ends, but it changes. It is a passage, not a place to stay. Sorrow is not a weakness, nor a lack of faith: it is the price of love.

“The pain of heartbreak is excruciating, but I wouldn’t give up even a second of LOVE,” she wrote in the caption.

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