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Beloved TV Star Dick Van Patten Has Died; Father-In-Law To Eileen Davidson

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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.

Share your thoughts for Eileen and the Van Patten family at the passing of this beloved actor and father in the comment section below.

Leave a comment | 23 Comments


  1. Kate Back

    June 23, 2015 at 8:27 am

    so sorry for your loss,

  2. Susan Miller

    June 23, 2015 at 8:34 am

    My sincerest sympathies to eileen n the van patten family. So so sorry for ur loss may our Lord comfort u all in this difficult time. Eileen we love u n may u b comforted now n always ! Love to all n RIP Mr Van Patten ur so loved n will b sorely missed

  3. Mo

    June 23, 2015 at 8:46 am

    My condolences.

  4. Tom Jones

    June 23, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Very sorry to hear this. He was always a positive. up person. I loved him in “High Anxiety”. Sorry to the family. It’s a great loss. (( HUG ))

  5. Fran Vogt

    June 23, 2015 at 9:17 am

    So sorry for your loss

  6. Angela

    June 23, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Very sad to hear of his passing. I loved watching Eight is Enough. Prayers going out to the family

  7. Sandy

    June 23, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Sending my best wishes to the entire family and friends of all who knew and loved him. May you be at peace.

  8. Lisa

    June 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    So very sorry for your loss! He was of the finest actors I know! He will be truly missed!

  9. JustSaying

    June 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    At least he had one last Father’s Day.

    Happy belated Father’s Day. Hope the Van Patten family enjoyed each others company and loved one another.

    With deep sympathies, stay strong everyone. RIP Richard.

  10. Pamela Matteson

    June 23, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Great man and actor. To his loved ones I send my condolences for your loss.

  11. Blake

    June 23, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I saw this on Twitter earlier, his passing was the top trend on there.

  12. davlestev1

    June 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    R.I.P. DickVanPatten

  13. mark

    June 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I loved Eight is Enough! Dick van Patten was the only normal cast member too. RIP Mr Bradford

  14. Linda

    June 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Such a Sweetheart. Thanks for being such a great example of a Good Man. R.I.P. Dick Van Patten. <3

  15. Bonnie Eeaver

    June 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    So sorry for your loss Eilern and Vincent. He was a great actor and I am sure a great Father in law. Will be praying for you and Pat

  16. Chase

    June 23, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I extend my deepest sympathy to the family and other loved ones of Dick Van Patten.

  17. Gerrie O'Connell

    June 23, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Eileen Davidson: I was truly saddened to hear about your father-in-law, Dick Van Patton! I just wanted to tell you that my prayers are with you an your family at this sad time. You are one of my favorite soap opera actors, specifically, DOOL! May GOD bless you and your family at this time. Gerrie O’Connell

  18. Ces

    June 23, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Rip! Fan of his show eight is enough. Also my doggie has been eating the dog food he created. My condolences to the Van Patten family.

  19. Dottie

    June 23, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Sorry for your loss, I will keep your family in my prayers! He was a great actor, and seemed like he was a gentle soul.

  20. jeanne valenzano

    June 24, 2015 at 7:19 am

    our condolences to Dicks family. He was a great guy. Sold us our first house in
    in Nassau county ,New York. He was one of a kind, very down to earth. Rest in peace Dick…..

  21. yvonne young

    June 24, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    My sincerest condolences to your family.

  22. Jeffrey

    June 24, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    i just love Dick and his wonderful work as good decent father to 3 great kids just like his TV show 8 is enough was my favorite show as same year along with my other show, Soap from 1977-1981 when I was 13 years old remember this show got me very very fascinating watch every week until it got cancelled in 1981. I had wonderful time to watch the show. Wow,great show… Thank you for everything,Dick, u r great father like Tom Bosley as mr. Cunningham on happy day.

  23. Kim Gisonni

    March 16, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss..
    I know that Vinnie and his family wont remember me, but my mother used to do his toupee, and Pats wigs when he worked for Adams Realty in Queens Village N.Y. I know that it’s been quite a while but my heart is with you and the entire family…please tell Pat that my mother (Bertha or better known as Bert) sends her most sincere condolences. ..he was a wonderful man…he used to bring us coffee (and hot chocolate) with Kaiser rolls for breakfast every morning…he was much loved and will sadly be missed

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