Jennifer Garner announces father’s death: ‘I know grief is unavoidable’

Jennifer Garner and her family are in mourning.

The Suddenly 30 actor has announced the death of her father William John Garner in a touching tribute on Instagram.

“My dad passed peacefully Saturday afternoon,” she wrote.

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Jennifer Garner with family William John Garner, Patricia Ann Garner, Melissa Garner Wylie and Susannah Kay Garner Carpenter.

“We were with him, singing Amazing Grace as he left us (did we carry him across or scare him away— valid question.)

“While there is no tragedy in the death of an 85 year old man who lived a healthy, wonderful life, I know grief is unavoidable, waiting around unexpected corners.”

Despite her grief, Garner shared that “today is for gratitude”, expressing her appreciation for her father and the man he was.

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Jennifer Garner with late father William John Garner

“We are grateful for Dad’s gentle demeanor and quiet strength. For how he teased with a mischievous smile, and for the way he invented the role of all in, ever patient girl dad,” she wrote.

“We are grateful for his work ethic, leadership and faith.”

Garner also extended her gratitude to her father’s medical teams expressing that their care “extended Dad’s life”.

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Jennifer Garner's father William John Garner and his wife Patricia Ann Garner.

Garner’s father leaves behind his wife of 59 years Patricia Ann, and three daughters Jennifer, Susannah and Melissa.

Garner continued her tribute sharing that her and her sisters “will never be done talking about how wonderful he was”.

In her post she included a number of family photos featuring her late father.

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“I share these memories with my appreciation for the kind and brilliant man, father and grandfather he was, as well as the loving legacy he left behind.”

Thousands reacted to the star’s heartfelt post with friends, family and fans responding with messages of love and condolences.

Actor Lily Collins expressed her well wishes, writing, “Sending you and your whole family the most love and light and hugs”.

Young Jennifer Garner with late father William John Garner

”This is beautiful. He seems like the best Dad! You’re so lucky!,” wrote actor and comedian Mindy Kaling.

“What a beautiful expression of deep love and profound loss. He sounds like an extraordinary man. Tons of love to you, my friend!” wrote actor and comedian Ed Helms.

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