Actor Ernie Lively, who starred alongside daughter Blake Lively in “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”, has passed away. He was 74 years old. He died Thursday in Los Angeles of heart complications, Entertainment Tonight reports.
Lively, from Baltimore, Md., Was surrounded by his wife and five children when he died, according to ET.
He and his wife Elaine Lively had two children together – Blake and Eric – and he adopted his three children from a previous marriage, Lori, Robyn and Jason.
The longtime actor appeared in the television series “Dukes of Hazzard”, “The West Wing”, and alongside Tom Hanks in “Turner and Hooch”. He has also appeared in numerous television shows like “The Waltons”, “Hangin ‘with Mr. Cooper” and “Murder, She Wrote”.
He played the father of Bridget Vreeland, the character of Blake Lively in “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”.
Lively suffered a heart attack in 2003 and was treated with stem cell therapy in November 2013 as part of an experimental retrograde gene procedure at the University of Utah, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
In 2016, he and his wife attended their son-in-law Ryan Reynolds’ Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony.
Lively is survived by his wife, children, nine grandchildren and sister, Judith.