Sarah Jessica Parker Announces Death of Beloved Stepfather: 'He Was Surrounded with Love and Gratitude'

Sarah Jessica Parker is mourning the death of her stepfather Paul Giffin Forste.

The Sex and the City star's family announced that Forste — who married Parker's mother, Barbara, in 1969 — died on Wednesday.

"Our family is sad to announce that after an unexpected and rapid illness, Paul Giffin Forste passed away yesterday at age 76," the Parker family said in a statement to PEOPLE.

The statement continued, "In his last moments he was surrounded with the love and gratitude of his adored wife Barbara of 54 years, and children, including Sarah Jessica Parker."

"Paul will be remembered with the spirit of loving kindness which was his faith, his special delight in his 13 grandchildren, and his sustained belief in making the world a more charitable, tolerant, and beautiful place for all."

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The news comes after Parker pulled out of the New York City Ballet 2022 Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center as well as a global virtual press conference for Hocus Pocus 2, according to multiple outlets.

Parker is part of the NYCB Board of Directors and, according to Page Six, also worked behind the scenes in crafting the Fall Fashion Gala.

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