Carrie star Samantha Weinstein dies aged 28: Actress passes away after ovarian cancer battle as family pay emotional tributes
- Canadian actress Samantha died on May 14 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto
- She had married her husband Michael Knutson in October 2022
- Actress battled cancer for two and a half years and documented her treatment
Carrie actress Samantha Weinstein has died aged 28 following a two and a half year battle with ovarian cancer.
Her death on May 14 was confirmed to Global News Canada by the star’s father David Weinstein who paid an emotional tribute to the Canadian star.
He said: ‘Sam was actually a living embodiment of a sunbeam.
‘She was so full of positive energy, anyone who ever met her would say that she just lit up every room she walked into.’
Her mother, Jojo Tindall-Weinstein said Samantha ‘changed everyone’s lives.’
RIP: Carrie actress Samantha Weinstein has died aged 28 following a two-year battle with ovarian cancer (pictured 2011)
Tragic loss: Samantha’s family posted a heartbreaking snap announcing her passing
‘And I know that sounds really dramatic, but people are really serious when they say that. Her infectious, positive attitude actually changed the way other people live.’
Samantha’s loved ones also posted two beautiful photos of the star posing against a celestial background – as they announced her passing.
The post read: ‘Hello from the other side. Sam died on May 14th at 11:25am surrounded by her loved ones at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.
‘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 ever will, she is off on her next adventure.
Samantha was known for playing high school student Heather in the Carrie remake in 2013 – alongside stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.
She also had roles in children’s cartoons Gerald McBoing Boing and Babar and the Adventures of Badou and was doing voiceover work for cartoons in the weeks leading up to her death,
She broke through into acting aged just 10 years old in 2005’s Big Girl where she played Josephine – a role which made her the youngest-ever winner of an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female in 2006.
Samantha’s final Instagram post came on May 1 – which showed the actress enjoying her honeymoon with new husband Michael Knutson.
She wed Michael in a romantic ceremony in October 2022.
Brave: The star – who bravely documented her battle against the disease – shared her final Instagram post on May 1 – when she honeymooned in Tokyo
On-screen: Samantha was known for playing high school student Heather in the Carrie remake in 2013 – alongside stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore
Husband: She wed Michael Knutson in a romantic ceremony in October 2022
WHAT IS OVARIAN CANCER AND WHAT ARE ITS SYMPTOMS?
Ovarian cancer is a cancer of the ovaries, which are part of the female reproductive system that contain their eggs. There are two ovaries and both are attached to the womb. Cancer on the ovaries can spread to the nearby bowel and bladder.
It is the eighth most common cancer among women, and is most common in women who have had the menopause but it can affect women of any age.
About 66 per cent of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed in the more advanced stages of the disease.
At the time of diagnosis, 60 per cent of ovarian cancers will have already spread to other parts of the body, bringing the five-year survival rate down to 30 per cent from 90 per cent in the earliest stage.
It’s diagnosed so late because its location in the pelvis means the symptoms can be vague and difficult to recognise, particularly early on.
They’re often the same as symptoms of less serious conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).
The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer are:
- Feeling constantly bloated
- A swollen tummy
- Discomfort in your tummy or pelvic area
- Feeling full quickly when eating, or loss of appetite
- Needing to pee more often or more urgently than normal
See your GP if:
You’ve been feeling bloated most days for the last three weeks
You have other symptoms of ovarian cancer that won’t go away – especially if you’re over 50 or have a family history of ovarian or breast cancer, as you may be at a higher risk