‘House Hunters’ host Suzanne Whang dies at 56 after long battle with cancer

Suzanne Whang, who hosted HGTV's "House Hunters" for nearly a decade, died on Thursday after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 56.

Whang's partner, Jeff Vezain, took to Facebook to announce her death in an emotional message. "On Tuesday evening around 7:20pm, Suzanne breathed her last breath here at home, as I knelt beside her and caressed her. For thirteen years she confronted cancer with courage, humor, determination and optimism. She was immensely encouraged by the love of her family, friends and those she had yet to meet. Your kind, loving messages always lifted her spirits," he said in part.

Whang was born in Arlington, Virginia. She hosted HGTV's wildly popular show from 1999 to 2011 and went on to host "House Hunters International" from 2009 to 2012.

The late actress also had a recurring role as Polly Nguyen on 4 seasons of "Las Vegas," and appeared in other shows such as "Dexter," "For The People," and "The Mick."

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SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Suzanne Whang attends the 20th Anniversary of V-Day at The Broad Stage on February 17, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 22: Suzanne Whang is seen at the Los Angeles Mission's Christmas Celebration on Skid Row on December 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Actress Suzanne Whang attends the 2nd Annual Legacy Series Charity Gala at The Casa Del Mar Hotel on November 20, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 30: Suzanne Whang attends "Weekend With The Family" - Los Angeles Premiere on March 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)
SHERMAN OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Actress Suzanne Whang arrives at cast of "Army Wives" reunion for "Searching For Home: Coming Back From War" at ArcLight Sherman Oaks on November 2, 2015 in Sherman Oaks, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Actress Suzanne Whang attends the "Train To Zakopane" - Opening Weekend Performance at Edgemar Theater on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 09: Actress Suzanne Whang arrives at the 2nd Annual Face Forward Gala For A New Beginning at the Intercontinental Hotel on July 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08: Actress Suzanne Whang attends the Voice for Animals Foundation's annual benefit with a "Laugh-In Reunion" at the Comedy Store on April 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER - "The Rhythm of Life" - The new school counselor, Dr. Bink (Mayim Bialik), organizes Grant High School's first mother/daughter dance during which each group learns a great deal about the other and their respective personal lives. To the surprise of Amy and Ashley, Anne reveals that she and George are getting remarried, and Ben comes to the realization that he is still in love with Amy, in "The Rhythm of Life," an all new episode of the hit Walt Disney Television via Getty Images FAMILY drama series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" airing Monday, February 15th (8:00-9:00PM ET/PT). (Photo by Randy Holmes/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Family via Getty Images) SUZANNE WHANG
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 20: Actress Suzanne Whang attends the taping of the PBS Television Special "The Answer Is You" at Club Nokia on August 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 20: Actress Suzanne Whang attends the taping of the PBS Television Special "The Answer Is You" at Club Nokia on August 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Suzanne Whang arrives at the sixth annual Stand Up For The Animals event held at The Comedy Store on March 5, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Suzanne Whang arrives at the sixth annual Stand Up For The Animals event held at The Comedy Store on March 5, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actresses Suzanne Whang and Camille Guaty attend The Women's Health Magazine Green For Good Soiree at The Sunset Tower Hotel on October 23, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
Suzanne Whang during 2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards - Arrivals at Royce Hall - UCLA Campus in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Tran/FilmMagic)
Suzanne Whang during The Los Angeles Mission Celebrates Christmas with Meals and Gifts for the Homeless at Downtown Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS -- "Wagers of Sin" Episode 11 -- Aired 1/19/07 -- Pictured: (l-r) Vanessa Marcil as Samantha "Sam" Jane, Suzanne Whang as Polly (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Suzanne Whang during Zimand Entertainment Gala at the LaFemme Film Festival at Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage for Mr Henri Zimand)
Suzanne Whang during Zimand Entertainment Gala at the LaFemme Film Festival at Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage for Mr Henri Zimand)
LAS VEGAS -- "Wagers of Sin" Episode 11 -- Pictured: Suzanne Whang as Polly (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Suzanne Whang during Zimand Entertainment Gala at the LaFemme Film Festival at Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage for Mr Henri Zimand)
Suzanne Whang during Zimand Entertainment Gala at the LaFemme Film Festival at Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage for Mr Henri Zimand)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 16: Hollywood Bag Ladies' Lupus Luncheon in Beverly Hills, United States on November 16, 2005 - Suzanne Whang at the 'Hollywood Bag Ladies' Lupus Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Suzanne Whang during Los Angeles Mission's Christmas Meal For The Homeless - December 23, 2005 at Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 8: TV host Suzanne Whang arrives for 5th annual "Lupus LA Gala, An Evening Of Love Life And Laughter" on October 8, 2004, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV- APRIL 22: Comedian, Suzanne Whang arrives at the Equestiran AIDS Foundation benefit concert, on April 22, 2005.The Equestrian AIDS Foundation is devoted to helping men, women, and children in the equestrian community who are struggling anonymously with HIV/AIDS and trying to live their lives with hope, dignity, and the special joy that only horses can bring. (Photo by Bryan Haraway/Getty Images)
Suzanne Whang and Actress Betty White during The Smothers Brothers Perform at The Comedy Store Second Night at The Comedy Store in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
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