Linda Gray posts pic with late son Jeff Thrasher carving turkey on first Thanksgiving without him

Dallas star Linda Gray shared a touching throwback snap showing her last Thanksgiving with her son, three days after announcing he had died aged 56.  

On Sunday, the actress, 80, announced that Jeff Thrasher had passed away with a series of heartbreaking Instagram snaps. His cause of death has not been confirmed.

On Wednesday, as she prepared to spend her first Thanksgiving without him, she posted a photo of the two of them together to Instagram. In the photo she hugged her son while he carved a roast turkey in the kitchen.

Gray wrote in the caption: ‘I have so much to be thankful for. Being Jeff’s Mother was an honor. I have such sweet memories of cooking with him. He always carved the Turkey and made his special cranberry sauce.’  

'Sweet memories': Dallas star Linda Gray shared a touching throwback snap showing her last Thanksgiving with her son, three days after announcing he had died aged 56

'Sweet memories': Dallas star Linda Gray shared a touching throwback snap showing her last Thanksgiving with her son, three days after announcing he had died aged 56

‘Sweet memories’: Dallas star Linda Gray shared a touching throwback snap showing her last Thanksgiving with her son, three days after announcing he had died aged 56

On Monday, in sharing the news, she described Jeff as ‘the kindest, funniest, sweetest human being. He brought the world such love and was loved by everyone!’

Gray, who starred as Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas, shared her son with her late ex-husband Ed Thrasher. The couple also had a daughter Kehly, now 54.

Jeff, an art director and photographer, died in 2006 at age 74. He and Gray were married from 1962 to 1983. She was also in the entertainment industry, enjoying a successful career as a television producer and director.

His credits included Junior Chef Showdown, The Amazing Race Canada, Vegas rat Rods and Furze World Wonders. 

Missing him: Gray, 80, had shared the sad news on Monday that Jeff, 56, had passed away. He was a successful TV producer and director

Missing him: Gray, 80, had shared the sad news on Monday that Jeff, 56, had passed away. He was a successful TV producer and director

 Missing him: Gray, 80, had shared the sad news on Monday that Jeff, 56, had passed away. He was a successful TV producer and director

Departed: In sharing the news of her loss, she had described her son as ' the kindest, funniest, sweetest human being..... he brought the world such love and was loved by everyone!'

Departed: In sharing the news of her loss, she had described her son as ' the kindest, funniest, sweetest human being..... he brought the world such love and was loved by everyone!'

Departed: In sharing the news of her loss, she had described her son as ‘ the kindest, funniest, sweetest human being….. he brought the world such love and was loved by everyone!’ 

In 2015, Linda wrote a part self-help guide and part memoir, The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction.

In the book she related the tragedies and triumphs of her life: including temporarily paralysed by polio as a child, how she lost her younger sister Betty to cancer – and how, for more than two decades, she was trapped in a deeply unhappy marriage.

The book includes fascinating insights into the TV show that turned Linda into a global star: ‘A mogul’s wife with a shiny outside and a pickled liver,’ is how Linda describes her career-defining character, who was forever engaged in roller-coaster battles with her Machiavellian, philandering husband.

Fans of the soap were unaware that, off-screen, Linda was herself in an emotionally abusive relationship with her husband, art director and photographer Ed. 

She had married Ed, who was the designer of album covers for musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix and Joni Mitchell, at 21, and stated that she realised she had made a mistake the first night of her honeymoon in Acapulco.

Fame: Gray starred as Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas opposite Larry Hagman as J.R. in the phenomenally successful TV series Dallas. The two are pictured together in 1981

Fame: Gray starred as Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas opposite Larry Hagman as J.R. in the phenomenally successful TV series Dallas. The two are pictured together in 1981

Fame: Gray starred as Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas opposite Larry Hagman as J.R. in the phenomenally successful TV series Dallas. The two are pictured together in 1981

Family: Gray shared her son with her late ex-husband Ed Thrasher, who died in 2006. The couple, who were married from 1962 to 1983, had a daughter Kehly, now 54 (pictured in 1982)

Family: Gray shared her son with her late ex-husband Ed Thrasher, who died in 2006. The couple, who were married from 1962 to 1983, had a daughter Kehly, now 54 (pictured in 1982)

Family: Gray shared her son with her late ex-husband Ed Thrasher, who died in 2006. The couple, who were married from 1962 to 1983, had a daughter Kehly, now 54 (pictured in 1982)

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