Grieving Short To Skip Emmys

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August 26, 2010 | 1:15pm EST

Emmy nominee Martin Short is skipping the awards ceremony on Sunday as he continues to mourn the death of his wife, Nancy Dolman.

The funnyman was expected to appear at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards as he is nominated for a best supporting actor prize for his role as an attorney in TV hit Damages.

But he has decided to pull out of the event, following the death of Dolman, his partner of 30 years, last week.

The retired actress passed away at the couple’s home in Pacific Palisades, California following a reported cancer battle. A coroner’s investigation determined she died of natural causes.

Short faces Emmy competition in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category from Mad Men’s John Slattery, Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad, Men of a Certain Age actor Andre Braugher as well as Lost stars Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson.