Jennifer Aniston Says Sad Goodbye to Dad John: “You Were One of the Most Beautiful Humans”

The Days of Our Lives star was 89.

John Aniston, who was just as famous for being Jennifer Aniston’s dad as he was for being a soap star, has died. John rose to fame in the mid-’80s as crime boss Victor Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives. His portrayal earned him the Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022. He was 89 years old.

On Monday, Nov. 14, Jennifer shared the news of her father’s passing in a heartfelt tribute on Instagram.

“Sweet papa…⁣ John Anthony Aniston ⁣You were one of the most beautiful humans I ever knew,” the actress wrote alongside a gallery of father-daughter photos. “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💔⁣” Jennifer concluded, but not before adding, “Don’t forget to visit 💫🤗❤️.”

The comments section is overflowing with love and support for the Aniston family from both celebrities and fans alike including Naomi Watts, Kayley Cuoco, and Chelsea Handler, among others.

Aniston’s ex-husband, Justin Theroux, who she was with from 2011 to 2018, also offered his condolences with a red heart emoji.

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Days of Our Lives fans know how highly John thought of his daughter and vice versa. While both critically acclaimed actors in their own right, John was the first to admit that their levels of stardom were incomparable.

“Soap operas have just the right amount of recognition. You get just enough to satisfy your ego but not enough to disrupt your life,” he told the Television Academy’s The Interviews in 2018. “Whereas some people, my daughter being one of them, can’t go anywhere.”

But, he always knew there was something special about the Friends star.

“I told her you don’t want to be in show business, show business stinks…But I knew right from the beginning when Jennifer started auditioning for things [she would be a success], because she always got called back,” he recalled.

In addition to Jennifer, John is survived by his son Alexander and second wife Sherry Rooney, and will be remembered and celebrated by fans of the long-running soap.

Emily Weaver
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