Nancy Sykes was best known for being the first wife of an American actor and a president of the Screen Actors Guild, Ed Asner. Ed Asner who is being reported to have died on August 29, 2021, at age 91 in Los Angeles, California married Nancy in 1959 and the two divorced in 1988.
Nancy Sykes & Ed Asner
Ed Asner started dating producer Cindy Gilmore in 1991. They got married on August 2, 1998. Asner filed for divorce in 2015 after Gilmore had filed for legal separation on November 7, 2007. Ed tried to cut off her temporary spousal support the year after they separated, saying she was making no effort to become self-supporting.
According to divorce docs obtained by TMZ, they reached some sort of financial settlement in 2009, but years passed and no one filed for the big D. It is not clear what prompted Asner to make the move, but clearly, he did not want death to be the factor that parts them.
Ed Asner Death & Cause
Ed Asner passed away peacefully Sunday morning, August 29th, 2021 surrounded by family. He was 91.
The family released a statement on his Twitter, which read, “We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head- Goodnight dad. We love you.” The statement did not confirm the cause of death.
Ed Asner, who won seven Emmy awards including five for the unforgettable role of Lou Grant, has passed away. He was a giant on the screen, and a philanthropist, too. A man of true heart and talent. He will be missed.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 29, 2021