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'Eight is Enough' actor Dick Van Patten dies at age 86

By Germaine Benson
Actor Dick Van Patten dies at age 86. File photo by Fred Prouser/Pool/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/7818dc87f70636454f8d549ecbaf02d3/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Actor Dick Van Patten dies at age 86. File photo by Fred Prouser/Pool/UPI | License Photo

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 23 (UPI) -- Dick Van Patten has died at the age of 86.

The Eight is Enough actor passed Tuesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif., due to diabetes complications, his rep confirmed to People.

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"I am sorry to report this sad news," his publicist, Jeff Ballard, told The Wrap. "He was the kindest man you could ever meet in life. A loving family man. They don't make them like him anymore."

Van Patten began acting on Broadway at the age of 7 in Tapestry in Gray, and his television resume included roles in Happy Days, The Love Boat, Arrested Development, 7th Heaven and most recently Hot in Cleveland.

In 2009, the actor received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and wrote an autobiography titled, Eighty is Not Enough.

The actor is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Van Patten, and their three sons, Nels, Jimmy and Vincent.

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