Jennifer Aniston's dad John dies as she pays moving tribute to 'sweet papa'

Lottie O'Neill November 14, 2022
Jennifer Aniston's dad John dies as she pays moving tribute to 'sweet papa'
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Jennifer Aniston has sadly announced the death of her dad John after the soap actor passed away over the weekend. Tributes have begun to pour in on social media after the tragic news.

The 89-year-old, who she referred to as ‘sweet papa’, is an icon in the soap opera world and on Days of our Lives.

It comes just a few months after Aniston was honored at the Daytime Emmy Awards with a Lifetime Achievement gong.

Jennifer Aniston pays tribute to dad John

In a moving tribute on Instagram, Friends star Jennifer penned to her dad: “Sweet papa…⁣ John Anthony Aniston. 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,” she added.

Tributes have poured in for the star, with The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco sending a heart emoji to Jen.

Naomi Watts penned: “Sending big love,” while Helena Christensen said: “He looks so wonderful. Such tender smiling eyes, sending you much love.”

John Aniston’s time on Days of our Lives

The soap legend has played the iconic role of Victor Kiriakis on DOOL for 37 years – almost four decades.

At the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in June 2022, he was handed a Lifetime Achievement Award for his time in the soap.

The Greek-born actor started his time on television in 1985. He is credited in being in almost 3,800 episodes of Days, even when his character Victor was ‘killed off’ in 2004. But in true dramatic style, Victor was brought back.

At the time, the Horrible Bosses actress paid tribute to his time on screen in a video.

Jen honored her dad’s time on television

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The 53-year-old star said at the Daytime Emmys: “This is truly a special moment for me.

“It’s an opportunity to not only pay tribute to a true icon in the daytime television world, but it’s also a chance to recognize the lifelong achievements of a great and well-respected actor, who also happens to be my dad.

“John Aniston has been working in television consistently for over half a century.

“He started acting in 1962, garnering roles on all types of now-classic television programs like Combat!, Mission: Impossible, Kojak and later made many guest appearances on shows like Airwolf, Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, Star Trek: Voyager, Mad Men, the list goes on.

She added: “All while simultaneously appearing in every soap opera imaginable. You name it, I’m sure he’s been on it.

“For over 30 years, his dedication to that show has gained him respect and admiration of his fellow actors, deep friendships and thrilled millions of fans around the world.

“His career is literally the definition of lifetime achievement.”

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Lottie O'Neill is GRV Media's Head of Audience. After studying BA in Film and Media, Lottie obtained a MA in Journalism at the University of Sunderland and Gold Standard NCTJ with 120 wpm shorthand. In 2017, she was chosen as the student journalist rep for the UK by the EU to report on the Union's Regions and Cities week in Brussels. After walking the beat at her local paper, EssexLive, she worked as a senior reporter before joining the quirky news team at The Daily Star. She managed the national desks of Showbiz and News overnight. In 2022, Lottie joined GRV Media to work on their continuing expanding coverage and readership across their extensive entertainment websites.