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Barbara Eden’s Faith in God and ‘Supportive Husband’ Gave Her Strength After She Lost Both Sons | “I Became Numb”
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Barbara Eden’s Faith in God and ‘Supportive Husband’ Gave Her Strength After She Lost Both Sons | “I Became Numb”

"I lost my son and I love him dearly. I have to do something that he’d be proud of me for,” Barbara Eden said.

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Barbara Eden, the actress known for her series, I Dream of Jeannie. She is now 91 years old, and despite losing both her sons, she believes it's because of her faith in God and the support of her husband, Jon Eicholtz, she managed to stay positive.

According to PEOPLE, Eden's first son, Matthew Ansara was found dead in a car parked in a suburban L.A. service station in 2001. He was discovered slumped over the steering wheel by an attendant at a Chevron station. He was a fitness trainer and an actor. Eden was in "shock" and "devastated" after hearing the news. The family was preparing for his wedding.

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Getty Images | Jason Kirk
Getty Images | Jason Kirk

 

It later came to light that he died due to an accidental heroin overdose. The actress told PEOPLE that her son had been in and out of rehab for 14 years before he died. "At first we didn't recognize the behavior — the sleeping and the bouts of anger that would come up all of a sudden with this charming, darling boy. I was scared to death," said Eden. "I didn't know what to do."