Blake Lively‘s father and beloved actor, Ernie Lively, has passed away aged 74. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he passed away on June 3 in Los Angeles due to cardiac complications. His family was with him before he died.
Like Blake, Lively had a long and successful career in front of the camera. He made his acting debut in 1975 for The Waltons. He went on to star in the likes of Shocker (1989), Air America (1990), Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), American Pie 2 (2001) and Mulholland Falls (1996). Lively is perhaps best known for his role in Passenger 57 (1992). He also had guest appearances on television such Jag, That ’70s Show, The X-Files and Seinfeld.
For 90s babies, you may recall the man starring as Blake’s on-screen father in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants franchise. The father-daughter duo were close and were often seen on the red carpet together.
Lively has grappled with many health complications across his lifetime. He suffered a heart attack in 2003. People reported he underwent stem-cell therapy as an experimental procedure in 2013 due to his condition.
Ernie had four children in addition to Blake, Eric, 39, Jason, 53, and daughter Robyn, 49 and Lori, 54. Following Blake and Ryan Reynold’s wedding, Lively told People he wanted enough energy to play with this grandchildren.
“My youngest daughter is newly married and wants a big family,” he said of Blake, then 26. “She says she wants 30 kids. I said, ‘Why don’t you start with one?’”
“I woke up the other morning and told my wife, ‘I haven’t felt this good in years,’” he continued.
Blake nor the rest of the family are yet to make a statement on the recent death.