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