NEARLY a decade after John Ritter’s death, his widow, Amy Yasbeck, has found love again with handsome Hollywood lawyer Michael Plonsker.
The salt-and-pepper-haired attorney, 56, was part of the legal team that helped Amy, 50, and John’s children nab a whopping $14 million settlement in the wrongful death suit against medical personnel and the hospital John was taken to after he collapsed on the set of the sitcom “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.”
The “Three’s Company” star died of an aortic dissection on Sept. 11, 2003, at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif.
Amy maintained John was mistakenly treated for a heart attack and, after the initial settlement, went on to sue two doctors who had treated him for $67 million. In 2008, a jury ruled in the doctors’ favor.
“AMY AND MICHAEL WERE thrown together by the unbearable circumstances of their court case,” said a source close to the actress. “She was still grieving for John and would frequently break down in tears.
“It was extremely hard on her, and Michael provided Amy a shoulder to cry on. Over time, they grew closer and eventually fell in love.”
According to the source, Michael has stepped in as a father figure to Amy and John’s daughter, Stella, who’s now 14. John also had three children with first wife Nancy Morgan.
Amy, currently starring in the Internet-only series “Little Women Big Cars,” was slow to get back into the dating scene after John’s death.
As The ENQUIRER reported, she had a brief relationship with talk-show host Craig Ferguson in 2006. Although he “helped her fill the loneliness void,” it was Michael who eventually won her heart.
“I think John would be happy that Amy’s finally moved on and found love again with Michael,” added the source. “Somewhere in heaven, I think he must be smiling down on the two of them.”