Jennifer Garner Pens Poignant Tribute While Mourning Huge Family Loss

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner is mourning a huge family loss.

On Monday, April 1, the 13 Going on 30 actress took to Instagram with a heartbreaking update: Her father, William John Garner, died "peacefully" on Saturday, March 30.

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

In her post, the bereaved daughter included a carousel of throwback photos featuring her dad. Jennifer also offered insight into the man he was.

"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."

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The actress also thanked the Charleston Area Medical Center and City of Hope for their care, which "extended Dad's life and gave him time to be in his favorite spots."

Jennifer concluded: "There is so much to say about my dad— my sisters and I will never be done talking about how wonderful he was, so bear with us— but for today 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."

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