John Aniston, 'Days of Our Lives' star and father of Jennifer Aniston, dies at 89 - National |

John Aniston, ‘Days of Our Lives’ star and father of Jennifer Aniston, dies at 89 – National |

John Aniston, soap opera veteran known for his work on Days of our lives, has died, his daughter Jennifer Aniston said Monday morning. He was 89.

He died on November 11, according to an Instagram post.

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“You were one of the most beautiful people I have ever known,” Jennifer wrote.

“I am so thankful that you ascended to the heavens in peace – and without pain. And 11/11 no less! You always had perfect timing. That number will forever mean even more to me now.”

According to CNN, Aniston has appeared in nearly 3,000 episodes Days of our lives. His soap opera career began in 1970 when he portrayed a character named Eric Richards. He returned to acting in 1985 as Victor Kiriakis, now an iconic crime boss.

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In 1986, he won two Soap Opera Digest Awards, for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role and Outstanding Villain in a Daytime Series.

He received a Daytime Emmy for Lifetime Achievement last year.

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Although he didn’t make an appearance at the Emmys, Jennifer made a virtual appearance to celebrate her father’s career.

“It’s a really special moment for me,” Jennifer said. “It’s not just an opportunity pay homage to a true icon in the world of daytime television, but it’s also a chance to recognize the lifetime achievements of a great and respected actor who also happens to be my dad.”

“For more than 30 years, his dedication to the show has earned him the respect and admiration of his fellow actors, deep friendships and millions of enthusiastic fans around the world,” she added. “His career is literally the definition of a lifetime achievement.”

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Including Aniston’s other acting credits Star Trek: Voyager, Gilmore Girls, West wingand Foolamong others.

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Aniston was born on the island of Crete, Greece, but moved with his family to Pennsylvania when he was a child. He earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Pennsylvania State University and served as an intelligence officer in the US Navy.

Days of our lives shared a video to celebrate Aniston Monday.

“Our hearts are broken over the loss of our beloved family member John Aniston,” the show said on Twitter. “We love you John. Your legend will live on.”

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Along with Jennifer, Aniston leaves behind son Alex Aniston and wife Sherry Rooney. His first wife, Nancy Dow – Jennifer’s mother – died in 2016.

No cause of death has been released at the time of writing.

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