Death of John Ritter

September 17, 1948 - September 11, 2003
Burbank, California | Age 54

TV sitcom icon dies at 54
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John Ritter, a master of sitcom silliness who ruled TV comedy with "Three's Company'' and rediscovered success 25 years later with "8 Simple Rules ... For Dating My Teenage Daughter,'' has died of an undetected heart problem. He was 54.

Ritter became ill Thursday while working on his ABC series and underwent surgery at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank for a tear in his aorta, a rare medical condition that can hit without warning.

He died shortly after 10 p.m....

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