A Remembrance, and An Appreciation, From Michael Ausiello

Kit Cowan Tribute

There’s no “good” way to say this, so I’ll just say it: On Feb. 5, my husband, Kit Cowan, passed away following a courageous, hard-fought 11-month battle with a rare and merciless form of neuroendocrine cancer. As you can imagine, my heart is broken. But it’s also filled with immeasurable gratitude for the 13-and-a-half years that I was lucky enough to spend with this extraordinarily loving, funny, talented, complicated man. I’m also thankful for the support that I have received from my friends, family and colleagues, as well as you all. The incredible outpouring of love that I felt from the TVLine community in the two months since I first disclosed Kit’s health struggle has brought me tremendous comfort. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Since most of you would never have gotten a chance to meet Kit, I also wanted to introduce him to you via the below video that played at this weekend’s memorial service. It might give you some sense, however minuscule, of what made him so special. If you would also like to honor him in some way, his parents, Robert and Marilyn, and I have started a scholarship fund in his memory (GoFundMe.com/kitcowan). Any donation, no matter how small, is very much appreciated.

Michael Ausiello
Founder/Editor-In-Chief, TVLine.com

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Oh Michael, I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for this open and honest post. You are in my thoughts.

  2. Kayte CookWatts says:

    I am so so sorry for your loss.

  3. Stacie says:

    My deepest condolences to you, and everyone that is feeling the loss of your husband.

  4. Laurie Brady says:

    Michael, I am very sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is never easy. Your memories will live on forever.

  5. Mary says:

    Thank you for allowing us into your life. It is the greatest form of bravery, sharing sorrow. Know that you are in my thoughts even if all we share is a love of quality…and sometimes guilty pleasure television.

  6. Leigh says:

    Prayers to you and your husband’s family at this time.

  7. sj says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  8. Flaw says:

    I’m really sorry for your loss, it will obviously take time, but I hope it gets better, stay strong

    • jinx2014 says:

      So sorry for your loss. I too lost someone near and dear, the pain goes away and you are left with the wonderful memories and that is what will keep you going.

  9. Michael my heart is with you. To love someone is to find joy, happiness and often pain. My thoughts are with you, and Kit’s parents.

  10. tangibleang says:

    Prayers and comfort to you.

  11. ShaiStar says:

    My sympathies – so sorry for your loss. I hope that you have lots of courage and support in the months ahead. Thank you for sharing Kit with us.

  12. wrstlgirl says:

    So sorry for your loss Michael. Your video is lovely.

  13. I’m so sorry! Life is so unfair. We finally find,someone to truly love and share our life with and they are taken from us.i know all your wonderful memories will help you, but also know that millions of people are there to give you comfort.

  14. Annie says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Michael. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I will be happy to make a donation to the scholarship fund.

  15. My condolences Michael. You have brightened my life for years and I hope the loss of your husband doesn’t dim that light in you! Remember the good times!

  16. Heather says:

    You certainly have my prayers…I am so very sorry for your loss.

  17. Karen says:

    Michael, sending you my heartfelt condolences during this very difficult time.

  18. Josh says:

    My condolences to you Micheal

  19. George says:

    My condolences on your loss. May he rest in peace.

  20. Liz says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss. You are a lovely man, and I’m sure your husband was so as well.
    My deepest condolences.

  21. Alicia says:

    What a beautiful tribute to show us just a glimpse into his life. So very sorry for your loss!

  22. Columbus says:

    So sorry for your loss. That was a lovely appreciation for a wonderful guy. I hope that you can take some solace from your memories.

  23. ashley says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss!

  24. Tim says:

    My condolences on the loss of your husband Michael. How lucky you were to have him for so long, and how lucky he was to have you by his side through it all. Many hugs to you and yours.

  25. Lori says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  26. Marco says:

    I’m terribly sorry for your loss, Michael.

  27. Jill says:

    So terribly sorry for you loss. It seems like he had an amazing spirit.

  28. Aly says:

    Words never seem to mean less than when you’re saying I’m sorry for your loss! My condolences to you and Kit’s family!

  29. angelfire17 says:

    You have my deepest, most sincere condolences on the loss of your husband. You and the rest of his family and those who loved him are in my thoughts during this incredibly difficult and painful time.

  30. Brynna says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your husband seemed like a wonderful man.

  31. znachki says:

    Michael, my condolences to you and to Kit’s family on the loss of your husband, son, family, and friend. Sending you all a virtual hug.

  32. Jacqueline says:

    Michael I am so very sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing the video of Kit, it looks like he really lived life and was surrounded by those who loved him.

  33. Leo says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Hope you have tremendous support in this difficult time.

  34. K says:

    Thank you for sharing your memories of Kit with us. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  35. Tammy says:

    My condolences and I’m sorry for your loss.

  36. Tammy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  37. Heidi Bros says:

    As a Cancer Survivor, but also a person who lost her mother, aunt, and uncle to this dreaded disease, I am sorry for your loss. Remember to take time to take care of yourself, and cherish the memories. It may take some time, but you will smile, Remember there is no timeline for grieving, take your own time,

  38. Ye says:

    so sorry for your loss.

  39. Elley says:

    Michael, I’m sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condoléances. May he rest in peace

  40. ash says:

    I am so sorry. I have been thinking about you and Kit.

  41. Daphne says:

    Very sorry for your loss, Michael, you seem very serene in your post which is nice. I hope you’re at peace with how things went. Thank you for sharing with us, you’ll be in my thoughts.

  42. nguber says:

    Soo sorry for your lose. I can’t imagine what you mus be going through.

  43. Jenny says:

    My most heartfelt condolences to you and Kit’s family and friends. What a touching and beautiful tribute to your husband. Wishing you love and peace in this very difficult time.

  44. Tina says:

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss, Michael. What a lovely tribute that video was. All the best to you and the rest of your and Kit’s family.

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  46. Paolo says:

    So sorry Michael, my condolences.

  47. Tia says:

    You have given me a million laughs over the years. Thank you for sharing your heart with us too. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts…

  48. Haley says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope to one day feel the love that you and Kit have.

    Your love is truly inspiring!

  49. Chaya says:

    Michael – so very sorry to read about Kit. You’ve brought us so much humor, I wish there was a way to make you smile right now.

  50. I’m so sorry to hear that. :( I hope Kit’s memory is honored by those of us who love you and are thankful to him for making you happy all these years. You and Kit’s family are in our thoughts and prayers, Michael. God bless.