Catherine Bach

Catherine Bach, best known as Daisy Duke on the hit show “Dukes of Hazzard” from 1979-1985, just opened up about how her Christian faith got her through the most difficult time of her life after her husband’s death.

Fox News reported that Bach’s husband, entertainment reporter Peter Lopez, was found dead back in 2010 at the age of 60 in an apparent suicide. Officials said that a neighbor heard a gunshot, and that someone inside the home found Lopez’s body.

“It was the first time I’ve ever felt completely and utterly… totally overwhelmed,” Bach said of his death. “I didn’t see it coming… I just didn’t’ know how I was going to get through it by myself.”

Bach said that life was great until her husband died. “I always thought, ‘Well gosh, I’m so happy,’” she said of her marriage. “’I am so blessed with my family and a man that I love so much. What problems? I have no problems. I’m able to stay home with our kids. He makes a good living, he was a lawyer. This is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.’ And then all of a sudden it was just gone.”

Catherine Bach’s Faith Gets Her Through

Bach said that it was her strong Christian faith, and opening up about her feelings to others, that helped her stay strong for her daughters.

“I wasn’t ashamed [of speaking out],” the actress explained. Bach went on, “I wasn’t. I was just completely focused on taking care of my children and taking care of myself so I wouldn’t fall apart. So many people came to me and they said, ‘My mom stayed in bed with a bottle for five years.’ And, ‘I take drugs to get through this.’ I just couldn’t do that. So I prayed a lot. I went to church a lot. I’m Catholic. I stayed very close to my priest who I really trust… It’s what kept me alive. And therapy. There is a lot of grief group therapy. Everybody that’s there has [had] a tremendous loss.”

“People out there, if you have a friend who’s going through something, or if you are, give yourself a break and be around people who listen to you,” Bach added. “I think it’s really important to have the company of people who mean the most to you.”

Thanks in large part to her faith, Bach was never tempted by the escape of drugs or alcohol.

“I need to support my children,” she said. “I am not going to let them down.”

In Hollywood, it’s rare to see an actor who is so grounded and open about their Christian faith. Bach is living proof of how much strength comes from simply accepting God into your life. What Bach went through would break many people, but thanks to her faith, she remained strong for her daughters. Please keep Bach and her family in your thoughts and prayers!

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