Modern Family star Fred Willard passes away at 86; Jimmy Kimmel, Kevin Smith lengthen condolences

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Modern Family star Fred Willard passes away at 86& 

Key Highlights

  • Fred Willard passes away on the age of 86
  • He performed Phil Dunphy’s father on mockumentary sequence Modern Family in his final aired tv present
  • Jimmy Kimmel, Kevin Smith and extra stars lengthen condolences

In a tragic flip of occasions, in style comedy star and actor Fred Willard left for his heavenly abode at 86. The actor was nominated for Emmy awards for his recurring roles in Modern Family and Everybody Loves Raymond and was one of the vital cherished faces within the leisure business. He was final seen in comedy mockumentary sequence Modern Family and his final present will probably be Space Force.

He handed away of pure causes at his dwelling. The actor is survived by his daughter Hope and grandson Freddie. It was his daughter who shared a press release post his demise.

It reads, “My father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old. He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much!” 

Right after the information broke, many large names from the leisure business paid tribute to him. Kevin Smith tweeted, “One of my favourite traces in a film ever was delivered by Fred Willard in BEST IN SHOW, after a naughty canine went after the decide: “He went after her like she was made of ham.” This man was so good and he elevated the flicks and TV reveals during which he popped up. RIP, Funny Man!”

Jimmy Kimmel tweeted, “There was no man sweeter or funnier.  We were so lucky to know Fred Willard and will miss his many visits”

He added, “I am sad to say goodbye to Fred Willard, who was still the funniest of men at age 86. Here’s what turned out to be our last moment on-air together…”

His Modern Family co-star Eric Stonestreet shared, “It was a privilege to have the great Fred Willard know my name. Rest In Peace Fred. You were funny in your bones.”


Willard had earlier misplaced his spouse, Mary Lovell, in 2018.

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