Rosie O’Donnell ‘s father has died aged 81, just days after her daughter was allegedly found in the attic of a 27-year-old man’s house by police.
The comedian’s dad, Edward O’Donnell – who worked as an aerospace electrical engineer for Fairchild, Schlumberger and Grumman – died of cancer, according to Us Weekly.
The 53-year-old star and her father reportedly had a strained relationship after her mother’s death, when the former View co-host was just 10-years-old.
Reflecting on their relationship during an interview in 2012, Rosie explained her father’s difficult childhood.
She said: “He had his own issues and demons, he had a very tough childhood, he had an alcoholic, abusive father and never really got the help that I think every person needs when they have lived through that as a child.
“I think that he had a lot of problems to deal with.”
News of her father’s death comes shortly after a man was arrested following the recent disappearance of Rosie’s 17-year-old daughter Chelsea, who was found safe after going missing for a week.
Authorities have confirmed Steven Sheerer, 25, faces charges of child endangerment and distribution of obscenity to a minor and if convicted, faces up to 10 years in prison.
Following the disappearance of her adopted daughter, Rosie asked for the public’s help in finding her.