Jennifer Aniston shares adorable photos and message as her 'sweet papa' passes away

Jennifer Aniston announced her father's passing on social media on Monday as she shared some sweet childhood photos with her 'sweet papa'

Jennifer Aniston announced her father's passing
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On social media, Jennifer Aniston announced her father's passing with a heartfelt post and message about his death at the age of 89.

Just days after Jennifer Aniston bravely opened up about her 'challenging' road with IVF and pregnancy rumors, the star has been dealt with another difficult blow as she revealed that her father has passed away. The star announced his death with an emotional post.

Jennifer revealed that her father died on Friday, November 11, 2022, at the age of 89 years old. The actor reflected that he was a 'beautiful human' and that she would love him 'till the end of time.'

"Sweet papa…⁣ John Anthony Aniston," the caption of the post read. "⁣You were one of the most beautiful humans I ever knew. I am so grateful that you went soaring into the heavens in peace - and without pain. And on 11/11 no less! You always had perfect timing. That number will forever hold an even greater meaning for me now 🕊️I’ll love you till the end of time💔⁣ Don’t forget to visit 💫🤗❤️"

The actor also shared a variety of photos of herself with her father. While some were more recent, others showed the actor as s little girl and even as a baby as she was held by her father.

As an A-list celebrity who has worked in Hollywood for decades, Jennifer was immediately inundated with support and heartfelt messages from celebrities who wanted to share their condolences. 

Lily Collins commented on the heartbreaking post, "Sending all the love and light possible and hugs I could possibly give."

Reese Witherspoon, who portrayed Jennifer's sister on screen in the series Friends commented with a heartfelt post that referenced their on-screen relationship as Rachel and Jill. "Sending you all my angels 🕊️I love you Sister. ❤️," commented the actor.

Jennifer Lopez sent her condolences and used emojis to express herself, "😢❤️🙏🏼 sending you love and strength."

Jennifer's ex-husband, Justin Theroux, even shared his condolences by commenting on the post with an emoji of a red heart, "❤️."

Other celebrities also commented with their condolences. Gwyneth Paltrow commented "Oh nooooooo," and Molly Shannon commented, "My deepest sympathy to you. ❤️"

Jennifer Aniston

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Who was John Anthony Aniston?

Jennifer Aniston's father was the Greek-American actor, John Aniston, who was originally born with the Greek name Yannis Anastassakis.

The actor was best known for his role in the soap, Days of Our Lives, in which he played the character Victor Kiriakis for nearly 40 years from 1985 until 2022. The actor reportedly appeared in 3782 episodes of the soap and received a number of awards for his portrayal of this character. 

John and his first wife, Nancy Dow, are the parents to Jennifer Aniston who was born in 1969. John also has another child from his second marriage with Sherry Rooney, a son named Alexander who was born in 1989.

Jennifer reportedly had a strained relationship with her mother Nancy and many thought this was exacerbated by Nancy's 1999 memoir, From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir. It is thought that the pair became close again following Jennifer's divorce in 2005  from Brad Pitt. The pair were close when Nancy died in 2016 at the age of 79 following a number of strokes.

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