Has Amy Yasbeck married Michael Plonsker? Her husband John Ritter died in 2003 of Aortic Dissection

February 22, 2018
First published on:September 20, 2016
by HitBerry

Amy Yasbeck is an American actress who has played notable roles in blockbuster movies such as Pretty Woman, Problem Child, and The Mask. Even though she outshined her professional life, her personal life took a downturn when she lost her husband due to a heart disease.


She has been able to move on with the grief –the beautiful brassy-haired actress has been dating her lawyer whom she had met while she filed a case against the hospital which led to her husband’s death. Is there any news of the couple getting married? Read more to find out!

Amy Yasbeck’s marriage with Late husband John Ritter

John Ritter was known as an exceptional actor – the couple met at Dennis Dugan’s home – director of the movie Problem Child. Apparently, both of them were cast in the same movie and got to know each other very well.

As per Amy, Ritter would make her eat bagels and cheese because he would find her extremely thin, as well as the comedic actor also thought that Amy was quite too young to play his wife in the movie. The couple had an age gap of around 14 years.

Amy Yasbeck and John Ritter , movie Problem Child

Amy Yasbeck and John Ritter, movie Problem Child

Since their on-screen chemistry was loved by many, they featured in more movies and shows together. They acted together in the sequel to Problem Child and also were spotted in The Cosby Show in 1991.

The couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Stella in 1998, a year before they tied the knot at Murphy Theatre in Ohio. Litter had previously been married to actress Nancy Morgan, with whom he had three children – actor Jason, Carly, and Tyler. The couple divorced in 1996

Amy Yasbeck’s husband John Ritter’s death

It was on 11th September 2003, according to People, Amy mentioned that Ritter had called her in the afternoon of chest pains during the sets of 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter. It was just 6 days before his 55th birthday and told her to meet him at the hospital directly.

There was a medical care just next to the shooting location - Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.

The physicians made an error while diagnosing his condition and instead treated him for a heart attack. Later, when they correctly identified his problem as an aortic dissection - a tear in the wall of aorta leading to a flow of blood to other layers of the heart; Ritter didn’t make it through with the surgery.

Amy: In her husband John Ritter's memory

After John's death, Amy gave away his stuff - books to family and friends; white socks to charity etc. But there are so many things she kept to herself too. She kept the old love letters to herself.

Actress Amy also packed a box of stuff for Stella to have when she gets older. For example, the shirt John was wearing when he was in the delivery room when Stella was born.

Amy has also written books about her family - Love and Laughter, John Ritter (Gallery Books).

$67 Million Lawsuit by Yasbeck

5 years later, his wife Yasbeck filed a lawsuit against Dr. Matthew who was a radiologist and cardiologist, Dr. Joseph, claiming that the cardiologist had failed to diagnose him and the radiologist had failed to detect problems with his aorta when Ritter did a full body scan 2 years back.

The jury of the court concluded that there had been no negligence from the medical center. But, Yasbeck received more than $14 million for settlements alone from eight different medical facilities.   

Amy Yasbeck - Married to her lawyer boyfriend Michael Plonsker?

Amy found love while she was fighting a lawsuit for her husband's death. According to Radar Online, a source claimed that Yasbeck would often break down due to the sudden loss of her companion. Amy and Michael were together in the lawsuit case. "It was an extremely difficult situation for Amy and Michael acted as a support for her" the source added.

56-year-old Michael has also taken the responsibility of being a father-figure to Amy and Ritter's daughter Stella. Moreover, a friend of Amy mentions that Ritter would be happy to see Amy move on with her life.

There has been no such news of the couple getting married on any social media. But, it would be lovely to see Amy move on and have a husband of her own to come home and be happy about.

What do we know about Amy's boyfriend Michael Plonsker?

Michael Plonsker, 56, is a lawyer who works in Los Angeles, California. He obtained a BBA degree from the University of Michigan and graduated from the University of Illinois. He has been the founder and co-partner of his law firm - Plonsker Law LLP which focuses on areas such as trademark and defamation, copyright infringement, employment and internet-related issues.

Amy and Ritter's children's relationship

Amy's Twitter explains it all how close she is with her step-children. With the help of The John Ritter Foundation, they have become closer to one another - they organize events and marathons to help other citizens of the country.

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