With his good looks and boyish charm, Tab Hunter was one of the most popular faces in Hollywood during the 1950’s. He was the star attraction in several films and earned himself a reputation as a ladies’ man with his sex appeal and charm.
Unknown to his millions of fans and most of the Hollywood community, Hunter was gay. This single truth about his life almost threatened to ruin his career, but in spite of this, he managed to retain a sterling image that won his accolades over the years.
Hunter died of a blood clot and heart attack on Sunday at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. His partner of 35 years, Allan Glaser, shared this information with CNN. He was 86-year-old. Glaser said his partner’s death was unexpected, as Hunter led a very active life despite his age.
We were walking home and he collapsed in my arms in our front yard. He said he couldn't breathe, so I called 911, and we went to the hospital.
Hunter rose to fame playing a WWII soldier in 1955's Battle Cry. He went on to star in The Burning and The Girl He Left Behind with actress young Natalie Wood.
He released his first hit single Young Love in 1957 and paved the way for his equally successful music career.
Fans of the late icon continue to share their condolences at the passing of Hunter on social media.
He starred in several shows during the 1970’s, including Hawaii Five-O, The Love Boat, and The Six Million Dollar Man. Hollywood has indeed lost a rare gem, and he will be truly missed. Adieu, Tab Hunter!