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Ellen DeGeneres tearfully mourns the death of her father: 'He lived a good life'

Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show Thursday that her father passed away earlier this week at the age of 92.


Brittany King


Ellen DeGeneres' father, Elliot DeGeneres, has died at the age of 92. The television host revealed the news on Thursday during her show and shared a moving tribute to him. "Before we go to break, theres something else I want to talk about," she told the audience. "I mentioned yesterday when I was talking about all the mudslides that are going on in my community of Montecito, which is heartbreaking, I said that I had a lot going on in my life. In addition to whats going on in Montecito, I lost my dad this week."With that, a black-and-white image of her younger self and her father that displayed on the stage screen behind her. "That is my dad, Elliot. Thats me when I was, I dont know how old I was, but I do remember that picture," she pointed out. "He was 92 years old, he had a good long life, and he lived his life exactly how he wanted. He was Christian Science his entire life; he never had medicine his whole life never went to a doctor. I never had a vaccination. We never had medicine growing up. And he lived to be 92."

"He was very proud of me," DeGeneres continued. "He loved this show, and he was a kind man, a very accepting man. There was not one bone of judgment in his body. He was very funny. I think my brother Vance and I got our sense of humor from him." She went on to share a special memory of her father."We only took one family vacation. When I was a little girl, we came to this lot, to the Warner Bros. lot, and took the tour and went around. And now I work on the Warner Bros. lot and have my own stage with my name on it, so he was really proud of that," DeGeneres said. "Before he passed away, I got to talk to him, so I got to say goodbye to him, and I was leaving the building and I looked back and there was a rainbow over the Warner Bros. studio." "This is what I saw after I talked to my dad and he died 10 minutes later after that," she added. "Pretty amazing. I got a rainbow before he died."

He was very proud of me. He loved this show, and he was a kind man, a very accepting man. There was not one bone of judgement in his body.

Ellen DeGeneres
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