Jennifer Aniston is struggling after her father John Anthony Aniston passed away on Friday at the age of 89.
The 53-year-old Friends veteran has been ‘heartbroken,’ a source told the new issue of UsWeekly.
The Emmy winning actress has not posted on Instagram since she shared a loving tribute with throwback photos with her dad.
Hard to say goodbye: Jennifer Aniston is struggling after her father John Anthony Aniston passed away on Friday at the age of 89; seen in 2012
No more parents: Her mother Nancy Dow died in 2016 and now that her father is gone too, she is parentless; seen in 2020
‘It’s heartbreaking for her to be dealing with this but she’s focusing on what a wonderful legacy her dad is leaving behind and trying to help Sherry in any way she can,’ said a source.
John married Sherry Rooney, in 1984 and the pair share son Alexander.
Jennifer’s mother, Nancy Dow, died at age 79 in 2016.
The insider added: ‘He adored Jen and was so proud of everything she’s achieved.’
But Aniston will have to go back to work soon as she has more to do on the third season of The Morning Show with Reese Witherspoon and she has to promote Murder Mystery 2 with Adam Sandler which will come out February 10, 2023.
The actress took to Instagram to pay tribute to her dad with a slew of snaps of them together over the years.
The Cake star and her father had endured a famously difficult relationship but they reconciled before his death, as she previously detailed calling him every day during the coronavirus pandemic.
Not easy: The 53-year-old Friends veteran has been ‘heartbroken,’ a source told the new issue of UsWeekly
Tribute: Jennifer wrote: ‘Sweet papa… John Anthony Aniston. You were one of the most beautiful humans I ever knew’
John was best known for his role on Days Of Our Lives. His first role on the show was as Dr. Eric Richards in 1969 but he departed the show after a year
He returned to the soap opera as Victor Kiriakis from July 1985, playing the character for more than three decades.
The part earned him a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2017 and he received a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022
Jennifer spoke about her parents’ divorce in 1999 in an interview with Rolling Stone, saying it was the most ‘painful’ time of her life before she reconciled with her father.
She said: ‘My mom told me. I went to a birthday party, and when I came back, she said, “Your father’s not going to be around here for a little while.”
Childhood photo: The actress took to Instagram to pay tribute to her dad with a slew of snaps of them together over the years
‘She didn’t say he was gone forever. I don’t know if I blocked it, but I just remember sitting there, crying, not understanding that he was gone.
‘I don’t know what I did later that night or the next day. I don’t remember anything other than it being odd that all of a sudden my father wasn’t there. And he was gone for a while. About a year.’
She revealed she never heard from him once during that period, and explained: ‘He just called one day and said, “Let’s go see The Fantastickes.”
‘So we had a little dinner and saw the show. After that, I started seeing him on weekends, and this new way of life just unfolded.’
Jennifer said she was desperate to please him so he wouldn’t leave her again and that she asked him why he left.
Looking back: Jennifer has spoken of the difficult relationship she had with her parents, including her mother Nancy Dow (right), but she says she has forgiven them both
Jen’s stepmom: John married Sherry Rooney, in 1984 and the pair share son Alexander
‘Like I said, he’s not a good communicator. Maybe if my parents had talked more. There were signs, but also, knowing my father, he probably didn’t say anything.
‘But, as best he could, my dad explained and apologised, and it’s enough. We’ve made up. There’s still parts that are hard for me, but I’m an adult. I can’t blame my parents anymore.’
She described her father as ‘Tall, six feet two inches; a gentle giant, really. One of the nicest men you’ll ever meet. Unbelievably shy and funny.’
In 2020, The Mail on Sunday reported that Jennifer had reconciled with her father and had rang him every day during the pandemic.
A source said: ‘Jen forgave her father for walking out a long time ago. But their relationship has had its ups and downs.
‘Jennifer didn’t speak to him for ages. But since the coronavirus crisis she has been on the phone almost every day. And not just brief conversations.’
Chip off the old block: John was an actor who was best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives, which he played from July 1985
The insider added: ‘It’s like she has realized life is very short and she wants her relationship with John to be the best it can be. He’s thrilled that they have reconciled.’
In her tribute, Jennifer wrote: ‘Sweet papa… John Anthony Aniston. You were one of the most beautiful humans I ever knew.
‘I am so grateful that you went soaring into the heavens in peace – and without pain. And on 11/11 no less!
‘You always had perfect timing. That number will forever hold an even greater meaning for me now. I’ll love you till the end of time.’
She added: ‘Don’t forget to visit.’
John also had a son, Alexander, with his second wife, Sherry Rooney whom he met while co-starring on Love of Life.
Forgiveness: She said: ‘I forgave my mom. I forgave my father. I’ve forgiven my family,’ Jennifer revealed, which is a big deal considering she had been estranged from her mother for years
In an interview several years ago, John was asked how he would like to be remembered.
After thinking about it for a moment, he simply replied, ‘He was a good actor.’
Her father’s passing comes after Jennifer spoke about the pain of her parents’ divorce and forgiving both her mother and father later in life.
speaking to allure last week, she said: ‘I think my mom’s divorce really screwed her up.’
But after years of reflection, she’s now able to see some of the limitations someone from her mother’ generation had to go through.
They had a bond: He often supported her at her red carpet events in the 1990s
‘Back in that generation it wasn’t like, “Go to therapy, talk to somebody. Why don’t you start microdosing?” You’re going through life and picking up your child with tears on your face and you don’t have any help,’ she added, in an apparent reference to her mother’s situation.
‘I forgave my mom. I forgave my father. I’ve forgiven my family,’ Jennifer revealed, which is a big deal considering she had been estranged from her mother for years.
Having now reaped the benefits of forgiveness, The Morning Show star said she now knows herself how ‘important’ it is to let go of hurtful moments wrapped up in resentment.
He was a friend too: Here he is seen with Jen in 1995 after Friends had taken off
She said: ‘It’s toxic to have that resentment, that anger. I learned that by watching my mom never let go of it.
‘I remember saying, “Thank you for showing me what never to be”. ‘So that’s what I mean about taking the darker things that happen in our lives, the not-so-happy moments, and trying to find places to honor them because of what they have given to us.’
The actress went on to be an example of those benefits by confessing that she got the motivation to leave her family’s home, which she described as ‘not a fun house to live in’, as a result of her parents’ divorce.
‘I was thrilled to get out,’ she said of the family’s apartment in New York City.