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Abigail Breslin confirmed that her father, Michael, has passed away after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 78 years old.
On Friday, she shared the heartbreaking family news with a lengthy Instagram post. "My daddy," she began her statement alongside several photos of her father, including one of him joining her on the red carpet at the Oscars in 2007. "Oh wow. Hard to write this. Harder than I thought. I'm in shock and devastation."
"At 6:32 PM EST , my sweet, perfect, amazing, heroic, wonderful dada passed away after my family and I said goodbye," she continued. "It was COVID-19 that cut my sweet daddy's life too short."
Breslin went on to thank fans for their support following her dad's diagnosis, before opening up about her father's memory. "My dad was a hilarious, boisterous, tenacious, rebellious, intelligent, sweet, incredible human being. He loved life. He loved his family," she wrote. "He loved taking pictures and flying planes and good dinners and music from the 50's and 60's and good couches and Kenyan mountain coffee and funny YouTube videos and email threads and weird poems and politics and he loved me and he loved my brothers and he loved my mom."
She concluded, "And we loved him. And we always will. I miss you daddy. I can't wait to see you again. I won't ever, ever, ever forget you. To the moon and back dada."
The 24-year-old actress first shared that her father contracted the coronavirus earlier this month, revealing that he was placed on a ventilator and urged fans to "wear your damn mask."
"If you asked my dad: a mask is FAR LESS uncomfortable than ventilator. So stfu. And wear your damn mask," she wrote, adding: "Please. No one should go thru this."