TV producer Helmut Huber and husband to actress Susan Lucci has died at age 84.
The manager and husband of the All My Children star Susan Lucci, died peacefully on Monday, March 28, on Long Island, New York, as per a spokesperson for Lucci.
“Helmut’s passing is a tremendous loss for all who knew and loved him. He was an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, and friend. The family kindly asks for privacy during this incredibly difficult time,” Lucci’s publicist, Jessica Sciacchitano, said.
Huber, who was born on October 10, 1937, in Innsbruck, Austria, and formerly raced motorcycles in his home country, met Lucci, 75, while they were working at Long Island’s Garden City Hotel where Huber was the hotel’s executive chef.
Three weeks after dating, the couple married on September 13, 1969. It was Huber’s second marriage. They have two children: actress Liza Huber, who is best known for her role as Gwen Hotchkiss on the daytime soap opera Passions and a son, Andreas Huber.
Shortly after the couple married, Huber became Lucci’s manager and CEO of Pine Valley Productions. Huber was also an esteemed chef.
A representative of the family said Huber was “a family man, he was a loyal friend, and loved them deeply.”
“With a roaring sense of humor, larger-than-life personality, and a practical problem-solver, he lived his life to the fullest. Mr. Huber who formerly raced motorcycles in Austria was a first-rate skier, and avid golfer, belonging to the Garden City Golf Club and Westhampton Country Club.”
Huber is survived by his wife of 52 years, his two sons and two daughters as well as his brother, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions are made to the American Stroke Association in support of stroke awareness and research.
Previously, he had been asked to join the Austrian Ski Team but instead chose to complete his apprenticeship at the Hotel Maria Theresia. He eventually studied at L’Ecole Hoteliere in Lausanne, Switzerland as well, graduating at the top of his class.
After arriving in North America at the age of 21, Huber started his career in Canada before making his way to New York at 23 years old.
Though he spoke several languages fluently, he improved his English by watching John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart movies.
Our thoughts are with the family of Helmet Huber. May he rest in peace.