Anthony Woodle passed away less than an hour after the horror icon officiated his wedding.
Jaime Lee Curtis, the star of Halloween franchise officiated the wedding of a terminally ill superfan of the movie just hours before he passed away, reported PEOPLE. Anthony Woodle, a 29-year-old aspiring filmmaker, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer last year. Woodle connected with Curtis through Rough House production, a South Carolina based company that helped revive the iconic horror franchise once again. He explained his health condition to Curtis and his plans to marry his longtime girlfriend, Emilee. Being the hero she is, Curtis personally offered to officiate the wedding which was held on September 13.
Sadly, on the day of the wedding, his health deteriorated. With Emilee standing by his side and his family surrounding him, the ceremony began at 10:30 p.m. as he lay unconscious. Curtis officiated the wedding through a phone. Curtis was heard on a zoom call, saying, "Anthony and Emilee, all anyone is promised is this moment. We live and we love in this moment. May the blessings of God rest upon you, may his peace abide with you, may her spirit illuminate your heart now, in this moment. With the power vested in me by the internet, it is my great pleasure to tell you that you are now married people."
Tragically, less than an hour later, Woodle was pronounced dead at 11:17 PM. The 61-year-old actor appeared on Tuesday's episode of The Talk where she shared the story of how she officiated the wedding. She said, "They said that a young man who works there named Anthony Woodle, very young and beautiful guy, was diagnosed with cancer and didn’t have long to live. And so David showed him a movie that no one in the world has seen, he showed Anthony and his fiancée Emilee the chance to see the new Halloween movie, which I thought was just a beautiful gesture. And I simply followed it up by calling Anthony and sort of starting a conversation to say I could tell him any secret."
She continued, "And it turned out that I also offered to marry him because I am an officiant. And it turned out that his wedding wasn’t gonna be able to happen because he was so near death." Holding back her tears, Curtis added, "It turned out to be something obviously incredibly moving and also very life affirming. He was the greatest Halloween fan in the world, and I know a lot of them."
As mentioned above, Woodle and Emilee were among the very first people who watched Halloween Kills, which the rest of us won't get to see until October 2021. Emilee and Woodle were together for eight years and shared a common love for horror movies. The couple first met at a concert in 2013 and honoring their love for horror every year, they used to decorate their home in North Charleston in an extravagant manner. They also shared their love for the spooky holiday to help others by placing their yard decorations in an open wooden coffin in the front yard and ecouraged people that the food donations to be taken to a local food bank.
Woodle proposed Emilee on Halloween 2016, three years before his diagnosis. Initially, they set a date to get married on October 31, but given Woodle's deteriorating health, the pair moved it up to September 13. After his passing, Emilee called Curtis, showing her gratitude in fulfilling his final wishes. The two remain in touch to this day.