Sad News: Jennifer Garner

Sad News: Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner paid a poignant tribute to her father, William Garner, following his death on April 1.

Garner, 51, said on social media that her father died at the age of 85, characterizing her sadness as “unavoidable” and “waiting around unexpected corners.”

By all accounts, the Hollywood diva had a close relationship with her father, and she marked her parents’ 59th wedding anniversary with a heartfelt Instagram post in January.

Sharing a selection of family photos on social media yesterday, Garner wrote:

“My dad passed peacefully Saturday afternoon. “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.”

Garner went on to express gratitude for her father’s long life and “gentle demeanor.” *the actress added. “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. We are grateful for his work ethic, leadership and faith.”

Garner made waves last September when she surprised her father with a poignant gift for his 85th birthday.

Garner returned to her hometown of Charleston, West Virginia, for a brief visit, where she had arranged something special to commemorate her father’s birthday: a trip in his old vehicle from 1948.

“Dad’s early birthday surprise: a ride in his childhood car — 1948 Studebaker Champion — with kind and generous David King,” Garner wrote on Instagram at the time, along with a photo of the father-daughter duo posing next to the vehicle in question.