Martin Short Struggling to "Readjust" After Wife's Death

Celebrity Body Aug. 30, 2010 AT 11:28AM
Martin Short Struggling to "Readjust" After Wife's Death Credit: Kristian Dowling/; Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

A week after the death of his wife Nancy Dolman, Martin Short skipped Sunday's Emmy Awards, where he was a nominee in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama category for his performance as crooked attorney Leonard Winstone on FX's Damages.

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"It's a terrible tragedy," his costar Glenn Close told on the Emmys red carpet. "It's going to take a long time for him to readjust to being without her." 

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Short, now 60, met Dolman during the 1972 Toronto production of the musical Godspell. They wed in 1980 and went on to have three children together: Katherine, 26; Oliver, 24; and Henry, 21.

On Aug. 21, Dolman -- who reportedly had been been battling cancer -- died of natural causes at age 58, according to a coroner's investigation. Last week, a report claimed that an oxygen tank malfunction may have contributed to her sudden death.

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"They were great friends, great partners," Close, 63, recalled of their relationship. "They had a wonderful marriage."

She hopes her costar heals.

"He's just such a wonderful, wonderful man," she told Us, "and he did extraordinary work."

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