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Ellen DeGeneres shares heartfelt tribute for her 92-year-old father who passed away this week

“There was not one bone of judgment in his body.”

By Kate Wagner
Ellen DeGeneres' father, Elliot DeGeneres, has sadly died aged 92.
The Ellen Show host, 59, revealed her father – a former insurance salesman – had passed earlier in the week on her TV show.
"Before we go to break, there's something else I want to talk about. I mentioned yesterday when I was talking about all the mudslides that are going on in my community of Montecito, which is heartbreaking, I said that I had a lot going on in my life. In addition to what's going on in Montecito, I lost my dad this week," DeGeneres said.
"That is my dad, Elliot. That's me when I was, I don't know how old I was, but I do remember that picture," she said, referencing a black-and-white image of herself and her father that displayed on the screen.
"He was 92 years old, he had a good long life, and he lived his life exactly how he wanted. He was Christian Science his entire life, he never had medicine his whole life — never went to a doctor. I never had a vaccination. We never had medicine growing up. And he lived to be 92," she added.
Her mother, Betty, and father divorced in 1970 when DeGeneres was 13-years-old.
DeGeneres said Elliot "was very proud of me. He loved this show and he was a kind man, very accepting man. There was not one bone of judgment in his body."
The host shared a touching childhood memory on Twitter and showed a rainbow shining over a poster of her the day he died.
"This is what I saw after I talked to my dad and he died 10 minutes later after that," she said. "Pretty amazing. … I got a rainbow before he died."