Marnie Schulenburg dead: Star’s moving final Instagram post

This prolific TV actress died this week aged just 37 – but not before giving fans a heartbreaking final update about her life.

Soap opera actress Marnie Schulenburg is dead after losing her battle with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. She was 37.

She died Tuesday in a hospital in Bloomfield, New Jersey, her representative told The Hollywood Reporter. – barely a week after reassuring fans her “chances of sticking around” were “better each month that goes by” in what was to be her final Instagram post.

Schulenburg is best known for her roles as Alison Stewart on the soap As the World Turns and Jo Sullivan on the One Life to Live reboot.

She also guest-starred or recurred on such shows as Blue Bloods, Fringe, Royal Pains, Army Wives, Divorce and The Good Fight. Most recently, she played the recurring role of Maggie Caysen on the Showtime drama City on a Hill, with Season 3 premiering in July.

She was released from the hospital on Mother’s Day to spend time with her family, she told fans in what was to be her final Instagram post.

“It wasn’t a guarantee that I was going to be home this Mother’s Day. I got released late Friday night but had to be sent home with an oxygen machine” she wrote in the May 9 post, which showed several photos of her appearing frail but happy as she spent time with her daughter.

“On May 8, 2020 I found out I had Breast Cancer and truly thought my life was over. Two years later I’m still here and my chances of sticking around her [sic] better each month that goes by,” she continued.

Schulenburg leaves behind her 2-year-old daughter, Coda, whom she shares with her husband, Succession actor Zack Robidas.

“Please don’t say Marnie lost her battle to cancer. It’s simply not true. I watched her kick cancer’s ass everyday since diagnosis,” Robidas reportedly said in a Facebook post, according to Variety. “She is incredible. We chose to attack her diagnosis with blind optimism. We only talked about the future and continued moving forward. I don’t know if this was right but it’s all we knew how to do.”

“I know that me being here for [Coda] is the best gift I can give her,” she wrote recently on Facebook, according to the SheKnows Soaps report. “But right now, it feels like settling since she’s getting a half-life version of myself. My mother showed up 100 per cent all day every day for me growing up, or at least it seemed that way. I want to give Coda the same, but I must be kind to myself and remember that nothing is permanent.”.

The Massachusetts native was diagnosed five months after her daughter’s birth in December 2019, according to the Reporter.

This story originally appeared on Page Six and is republished here with permission.

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