Ellen DeGeneres Reveals Her Father Elliott Has Passed Away Aged 92

January 12, 2018 Updated: September 26, 2019

Ellen DeGeneres’s father Elliott has died at the age of 92.

The TV talk show host revealed that he had passed away during an emotional segment of her show on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Ellen said that he had lived a “good long life”.

Alongside a picture of him from when she was a child, she said: “That is my dad, Elliott. That’s me when I was, I don’t know how old I was, but I do remember that picture. He was 92 years old, he had a good long life, and he lived his life exactly how he wanted.

“He was Christian Science his entire life, he never had medicine his whole life—never went to a doctor. I never had a vaccination. We never had medicine growing up. And he lived to be 92.”

Ellen also shared more detail via her Twitter account, saying that the death wasn’t unexpected.

She wrote: “This week, at the age of 92, my father Elliott DeGeneres passed away. He lived a good long life. It wasn’t unexpected. I was able to say goodbye.”

Ellen’s father Elliott DeGeneres was a former insurance salesman who divorced Ellen’s mother Betty in 1970.

Ellen recalled a childhood vacation with her father on which they took a tour of the Warner Bros. lot, where she now presents her show.

“I have my own stage with my name on it, and he was really proud of that.

“Before he passed away I got to talk to him, I got to say goodbye to him, and I was leaving the building and I looked back, and there was a rainbow over the Warner Bros. studio …

“This is what I saw after I talked to my dad, and he died 10 minutes later. Pretty amazing.”

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