Blake Lively’s father Ernie has died at the age of 74 following heart complications.
Accomplished actor Ernie Lively, whose five children followed in his career footsteps, passed away surrounded by his wife and children in LA on Thursday.
Ernie’s 50-year acting career including roles in Passenger 57, The Dukes of Hazzard, Turner & Hooch and as daughter Blake’s on-screen dad in the two Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants films.
He also made memorable guest appearances on TV shows such as The X-Files, Seinfeld, Murder, She Wrote and The West Wing.
In addition to the 33-year-old actress, Ernie leaves behind sons Eric, 39, Jason, 53, and daughter Robyn, 49 and Lori, 54.
He is also survived by his wife, Elaine and nine grandchildren, including Blake’s three daughters with husband Ryan Reynolds, 44.
Born Ernest Brown Jr in Baltimore, prior to embarking on his career on-screen, Lively was an English professor and served as a lieutenant in Vietnam. Throughout his years in the arts, he became known in the industry as a well-respected mentor.
Interestingly, Ernie opted to take his wife’s name on their wedding day. But when Blake was born, she was registered legally as Blake Brown, going on to change her name when she started acting.
Blake is yet to address her father’s death publicly, but the two were close, often accompanying each other to red carpet events.
According to People, Ernie suffered a massive heart attack in 2003, and underwent heart surgery 10 years later.
Shortly after Blake and Ryan Reynolds’ wedding, he spoke to the publication about wanting to have the energy to chase after his grandkids.
“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?’”
Originally published as Blake Lively suffers family tragedy