Hugh Jackman Announces His Father Has Died With Touching Post On Australian Father's Day
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Hugh Jackman has announced the death of his father with a touching post on Instagram.
The 52-year-old actor took to social media to pay tribute to his dad who passed away on Australian Father's Day.
Alongside a picture of his dad, Christopher, Jackman wrote: "In the early hours of Father's Day (AU), my Dad peacefully passed away. And whilst there is deep sadness, I am filled with such gratitude and love.
"My Dad was, in a word, extraordinary. He devoted his life to his family, his work and his faith. I pray he is now at peace with God."
Responding to his post, one person said: "I cannot express into words how sorry I am for your loss Hugh. He was an amazing father to you all. May he rest in peace."
Another added: "He was such an incredible man and father! My deepest condolences! We know how much you loved him and we also know how proud he was of you."
Jackman has spoken in the past about how his dad raised him and his siblings single-handedly after their mother, Grace, walked out on them when Hugh was eight years old.
Speaking to WHO magazine in 2018, he described the moment she left, to move back to the UK, as 'traumatic', before adding: "I thought she was probably going to come back. And then it sort of dragged on and on."
He has since reconciled with his mum and now has a 'good relationship' with her.
His parents divorced when he was just eight years old - at which point his sisters, Zoe and Sonya, went to live with their mother in the UK.
He said that, after Grace left the family, he only saw her about 'once a year', and that it wasn't until he was '12 or 13' that it dawned on him that his mother would never return properly.
In December 2012, Jackman told Australia's 60 Minutes programme that he still remembered the morning she left, recalling: "I remember her being in a towel around her head and saying goodbye. [It] must have been the way she said goodbye.
"As I went off to school, when I came back, there was no one there in the house."