Courage The Cowardly Dog star Thea Ruth White dies at 81

Courage The Cowardly Dog star Thea Ruth White dies at age 81 of complications from infection following surgery to treat liver cancer

Thea Ruth White, best known as the voice of Muriel Bagge in the Courage The Cowardly Dog, has died aged 81.

On Sunday, Brad Zitzner, the cousin of the Cartoon Network star, announced that she had died of complications from an infection after undergoing surgery to treat liver cancer.

“Unfortunately, we lost our legendary Feefer (Muriel’s voice) Friday morning after she fought hard with courage to try to beat her liver cancer and either live or die trying,” Brad wrote in an emotional tribute that he shared on Facebook. .

Sad loss: Thea Ruth White, best known as the voice of Muriel Bagge in the Courage The Cowardly Dog, has passed away aged 81

“(She ended up with an infection after cutting out the damn cancer),” he continued.

Brad went on to describe Thea as the “greatest cheerleader for me and my family,” saying, “the pain is so deep.”

Zitzner continued, “Thank you Feefer for your leadership over your family. Unfortunately, the role you have taken with my children and your entire family cannot be replaced. I’ve already seen hundreds of fan tributes online, so your love was shared far and wide.

“I’ve never met anyone you knew who didn’t think you were the best person in the world. That lasted even during your hospital stay, as I’m told, the nurses and doctors fell in love too.

“You loved life and even know I know the final outcome. I love your decision to go for it and try to win. Damn sticks!’

Heartbreaking:

Heartbreaking: “Unfortunately, we lost our legendary Feefer (the voice of Muriel) on Friday morning after she fought hard with courage to try to beat her liver cancer and either resume life or die trying,” Brad wrote in an emotional tribute that he shared on Facebook

Brad included several family photos in his post, along with images of her character from the beloved animated series.

Thea’s brother John Zitzner also shared the sad news on Facebook. On Friday, he posted a video of White sitting outside on a wooden bench.

In the video, Thea gleefully asked for some photos of the “little and big kids” in her family “frolicking in the ocean.”

She joked, “That will speed up my recovery. I’ll be there in five minutes after they cut me open. Well.’

“My sister recorded this prior to her surgery,” John wrote in the caption. ‘She fought. She left us today at 11:05 am.’

Her Past: Born Thea Ruth Zitzner, White launched her career as an actress after studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.  She met her husband Andy White when the two performed together in the play Goodbye Charlie.  Thea retired from acting after she married Andy in 1983.  They remained married until his death in 2015

Her Past: Born Thea Ruth Zitzner, White launched her career as an actress after studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She met her husband Andy White when the two performed together in the play Goodbye Charlie. Thea retired from acting after she married Andy in 1983. They remained married until his death in 2015

John shared another video of Thea recording a message for him and his family while she was being treated in the hospital.

The actress laughed and joked as she struggled to use her Muriel voice. “It’s the anesthetic,” she said.

John captioned the video: ‘Thanks to Susan Bookshar for recording this last Sunday, July 25, about 5 days after her first surgery. She wished her family good times as some of us were in Chautauqua for a few days, assuming she would join us later in the week. Her last breath was Friday, July 30 at 11:05 a.m. 2 days after her second operation.’

Born Thea Ruth Zitzner, White launched her career as an actress after studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She met her husband Andy White when the two performed together in the play Goodbye Charlie. Thea retired from acting after she married Andy in 1983. They remained married until his death in 2015.

The New Jersey native made her acting comeback back to acting when she was offered the role of Muriel on Courage the Cowardly Dog. She voiced Muriel throughout the series from 1999-2002 and played her part several times for other projects.

Severe pain: Brad further described Thea as the 'greatest cheerleader for me and my family', saying 'the pain is so deep'

Severe pain: Brad further described Thea as the ‘greatest cheerleader for me and my family’, saying ‘the pain is so deep’

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