Carol Ann Susi, best known for playing the voice of Howard Wolowitz’s mother in "The Big Bang Theory," died on Tuesday at the age of 62, Warner Bros. said in a statement. Susi reportedly died after a brief battle with cancer, but other details about her death were not revealed.
"The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz," Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and Bill Prady, producers of the smash hit CBS sitcom, reportedly said, in a joint statement.
"Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show’s eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann’s immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance. In addition to her talent, Carol Ann was a constant source of joy and kindness to all. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with her family during this time, and we will miss her greatly."
Mrs. Wolowitz was rarely seen on the show, which is currently in its eighth season. However, viewers got a glimpse of the character at Howard’s wedding in the Season 5 finale, “The Countdown Reflection,” which aired on May 10, 2012.
"The glimpse on the rooftop is all you're going to get for now!" Molaro had told The Hollywood Reporter at the time. "Isn't she better left to the imagination? There are no plans to actually see her on camera and I think it's probably better that way."
Susi reportedly studied acting in New York and came to Los Angeles in the 1970s, following which she was discovered by Universal Studios. Susi starred in ABC’s hit series “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” as Kolchak's secretary, Monique Marmelstein. She also put in guest appearances on popular shows including “Cheers,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Mad About You,” “Just Shoot Me!,” “Seinfeld” and “Six Feet Under.”
In addition, Susi was also reportedly part of several Los Angeles theatrical productions.
"A spunky Italian gal from Brooklyn whose passionate interests included Doctor Who, Halloween horror mazes, cooking and the Magic Castle, Carol Ann drew fervent circles of followers," her representative said in a statement late Tuesday, according to E! News.