(CNN) — Suzanne Whang, who viewers came to love as the voice and face of “House Hunters” for nearly a decade, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, according to her agent.
She was 56.
“She was an amazing brilliant light and will be missed,” her agent, Eddie Culbertson, told CNN on Friday. “We were together for over 20 years — I know my life is better having known her.”
Whang’s partner, Jeff Vezain, posted about her passing on her Facebook page.
“On Tuesday evening around 7:20pm, Suzanne breathed her last breath here at home, as I knelt beside her and caressed her,” he wrote. “For thirteen years she confronted cancer with courage, humor, determination and optimism.”
The Arlington, Virginia native was a graduate of Yale University, where she received a bachelors in psychology and also held a master’s degree in cognitive psychology from Brown University.
She found her footing in the entertainment industry and hosted of HGTV’s #1 show “House Hunters” from 1999 to 2007.
“Suzanne was warm, funny and kind with a distinctive voice that made everyone feel at home,” the network said Friday in a statement to CNN. “Our HGTV family mourns her loss and wishes to express deepest condolences to her friends, fans and family who knew and loved her.”