Samantha Weinstein, an actress who appeared in the 2013 adaptation of “Carrie” and voiced characters in various cartoons, has died. She was 28.
Her father, David Weinstein, revealed to USA TODAY Thursday that she died of ovarian cancer on May 14 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada.
“The outpouring of tributes to Samantha has left us speechless,” he remarked. “She led a full, charming, and authentic life.” She was extremely enthusiastic about her craft and worked up to her death speaking animated characters and lived as full a life as she could.”
He further said that the photographs uploaded on Samantha’s unverified Instagram on May 15 were prepared by the actress herself to be used in her goodbye post. The photographs show her happy and floating amid the stars.
“After two and a half years of cancer treatment, and a lifetime of jet setting around the world, voicing a plethora of cartoon animals, making music, and knowing more about life than most people will ever know,” the message continues.
Weinstein had a full life despite enduring cancer treatment. She married Michael Knutson on October 29, 2022, and the two honeymooned in Japan.
Weinstein, who also played in a punk rock band called Killer Virgins, commented about being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 25 and falling in love with Knutson in a piece for Love What Matters published last July. They embarked on their first date a week after her cancer diagnosis.
“First dates are nerve-racking enough, but I had just received some devastating news the week before- it was cancer.” “Talk about scaring a guy away!” she wrote. “I told him, my eyes fixed on the dirt ground of the dog park, that I’d been diagnosed with a rare ovarian germ-cell yolk sac tumour and that I’d be starting chemotherapy in a few months.” I held my breath, closed my eyes shut, and awaited the inevitable rejection… yet it never came.”
“When my hormones were raging from IVF injections, we screamed at each other as we built an IKEA vanity and collapsed on the floor laughing,” she went on. When my fingers became black from nerve damage, he took me out for ice cream and handled the cone for me. He showed me that love is unselfish, and he reminded me to let others take care of me as well.”
Weinstein stated that she and Knutson began talking about their wedding immediately after their first date. Following their first dance to The Velveteins’ “Don’t Yah Feel Better?” at their wedding, they erupted into a planned lightsaber battle.
“Instead of a first dance, I suggested a lightsaber duel.” “20 months, ten rounds of chemo, and a lifetime’s worth of memories later, here we are,” she said on Instagram, adding that they were trying for a “pretend-fighting-in-your-parents’-basement vibe.”
Weinstein said in her Love What Matters post that she came to terms with her sexuality and gender identity after her cancer diagnosis, coming out as “bisexual/pansexual” and non-binary to her parents and Knutson, all of whom embraced her.
“Having cancer is the worst thing that has ever happened to me, but it has also been the best thing.” I’m still dealing with cancer and living with my parents since the future is unknown (on the plus side, we’ve never been closer!).
I am still pursuing my dream job as a voice actor. I have more love in my life and for myself than I could have ever dreamed, and I see each day as a blessing. There are still days when I can’t stop sobbing because I’m in pain or my thoughts get the best of me, but I’m learning to let my loved ones help bear the weight. Okay, maybe stating cancer was the nicest thing that ever happened to me is a stretch, but it’s also not a witch’s curse… and if it is, then that witch has a wicked sense of humour.”
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