Very sad news to report this morning, television favorite and former star of the sitcom Eight is Enough, Dick Van Patten has died at age 86.
A representative for Van Patten has released a statement relating: “I am sorry to report this sad news. His family will not be doing any press at this time.” Reports are now surfacing that the cause of death was complications from diabetes. Van Patten died Tuesday morning at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California.
Dick Van Patten leaves behind his wife, actress Pat Van Patten whom he had been married to for more than 60 years, and the couple’s three sons: Nels, Jimmy, and Vincent. As soap fans know, Vincent Van Patten is married to The Young and the Restless, DAYS and RHOBH star, Eileen Davidson.
The beloved elder Van Patten achieved his greatest notoriety in the ABC sitcom, Eight is Enough in the role of Tom Bradford. The show lasted from 1977-1981. Dick was one of the most working actors in Hollywood and Broadway in a career that started when he was a child at age 7.
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