M*A*S*H star Eileen Saki dies aged 79 as tributes roll in for sweet actress

Fans have been paying tribute to M*A*S*H star Eileen Saki in the wake of the news of her death at the age of 79.

Eileen died on Monday, May 1, in Los Angeles after a reported battle with cancer.

She was best known for starring as Rosie in the hit American comedy series, and was the longest running actress to star as the role.

Rosie was the business owner of the appropriately named Rosie’s Bar.

Confirming the news of her passing, Eileen’s former co-star Jeff Maxwell wrote on the MASH Matters Podcast Facebook page: “Our sweet Eileen. Our sassy Rosie.

“On behalf of her husband Bob, we extend sincere appreciation for the hundreds of M*A*S*H fans who filled Eileen's final days with peace, encouragement, and love. She read every email and responded to as many as she could."


The post continued: "We will share more remembrances of Eileen Saki throughout the day. You are invited to do the same.

“Our sweet, sweet Eileen. How we love you. How we will miss you.”

In a separate post, Jeff, 76, went on: “Eileen captivated you with a twinkle and smile in her soul. I am very grateful to have had that experience. It’s one I will cherish forever.

“My heart and love go to Bob and their family.”

While Jeff didn’t confirm the nature of Eileen’s death, according toTMZthe late actress had been battling cancer.

As well as M*A*S*H, Eileen had roles in 1984 movie Splash, Meteor, History of the World: Part 1, and Policewoman.

In light of the news of her death, fans have taken to social media to pay tribute to Eileen.

“She was the best Rosie of them all and such a great actress. So sorry to hear she passed on,” wrote one M*A*S*H fan.

“Sending my deepest sympathies, healing and peace to Eileen's family, friends and all affected by her passing. This is heartbreaking news,” wrote another.

A third went on: “Rest in peace and God Bless, Eileen Saki. Your work on MASH brought a lot of smiles! Praying for her family and all those mourning her passing.”

Eileen’s passing comes just a few weeks after another M*A*S*H star’s death – Judy Farrell.

It was revealed last month that the actress, who starred as Nurse Able on the show, had died at the age of 84 after suffering a stroke.

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