We’re so sorry to hear this, John Stamos. The 54-year-old actor took to social media on Friday, November 17, to reveal his beloved friend and fan Paula Haynes has died. “I told an associate of mine that one of my dearest, most important, and most inspiring friends had passed away yesterday. And he said, ‘So sorry, life can be crappy.’ But life wasn’t crappy to the person I called ‘Girlfriend’ and who called me ‘Boyfriend’ — Paula Haynes. Miss Paula Haynes, I also called her,” John began his Facebook tribute.
“Sure, she was dealt a tough hand at birth — but in life, she made the very most of that hand and lived more than most of us. We met over 30 years ago [in] June 1986… I met her through The Beach Boys — so she’d come to shows, fly to LA to see tapings of Full House, and I’d visit her in Memphis,” the newly-engaged star continued. “She would even come to NYC to watch me on Broadway (although, I don’t think she liked seeing me in a dress and garter belts in Cabaret). She had the moral compass of my Mother, Mother Theresa, and Mother Mary all rolled up in one.”
“She had a knack for knowing exactly when I needed her most, to impart her spirituality on me, and keep me on the right path. We’d see each other as much as we could. I even bought her a motorized wheelchair so she could get around easier. When we couldn’t meet face-to-face, we’d talk on the phone (for hours) — and eventually, we would text. She was very religious and very spiritual. Her prayers got me through many moments in life. She was a giant in my eyes. Someone I could count on. Never letting her disabilities slow her down, get her down or get in the way of living life the way she wanted to live it. (If they did get her down, she’d never let me know),” John wrote.
“If there was ever a person who was an absolute shoe-in to get into heaven, skip the line, and have the best seat in the house, it’s Paula Haynes (plus she’ll have a laminated backstage pass, I just know it). She was truly one of the shiniest examples of how a human should live their life and not take anything for granted,” he continued. “She was one of my favorite people ever. She was one of the last ‘constants’ in my life. You always think ‘constants’ are going to be there forever, simply by the nature of what they are. But they don’t last forever — if you’re as lucky as I was to have a friend like Paula Haynes, cherish it, don’t ever take it for granted and make the most of that person cause, nothing, absolutely nothing, lasts forever.”
“Thank you, God, for bringing Paula into my life, she’s yours now, (but she’d say she always was)… Good night girlfriend, you made my life and so many who had the privilege to know you, better. I will never forget you and the decency you hold me accountable for. I promise to keep it up and not let you down. Until we meet again, Boyfriend,” John concluded his special tribute. Our thoughts are with John during this difficult time.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Closer Weekly.