It has been reported that Vanna White’s father, Herbert White Jr., has died at the age of 96. The long-time TV personality and host of Wheel of Fortune confirmed the sad news in a post online. She shared a photo of herself alongside her dad in a moving tribute.
“It is with great sadness that I tell you my 96 year old dad passed away peacefully this morning. He lived a full and happy life and will be remembered as one of the kindest and most wonderful human beings of North Myrtle Beach.”
Remembering Herbert White Jr.
It is with great sadness that I tell you my 96 year old dad passed away peacefully this morning. He lived a full and happy life and will be remembered as one of the kindest and most wonderful human beings of North Myrtle Beach. I love you so much dad. RIP #love #bestdadever pic.twitter.com/cEY8fyyhOQ
— Vanna White (@TheVannaWhite) April 1, 2022
She concludes her post by saying, “I love you so much dad. RIP.” People were very quick to react and send their sympathies and condolences following the news. One fan wrote, “So sorry, Vanna. I’m sure you will miss him but God has a new angel and I’m sure he will watch guard over you.”
Another wrote, “Sending my deepest condolences and prayers for you and your family. May your memories keep him close in your hearts.” Pat Sajak’s daughter, Maggie, also reacted to the news, writing, “I am so very sorry for your loss. My whole family is thinking of you.”
White hasn’t shared many photos of her father in the past, but has paid tribute to him on previous Father’s Days. “Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads in the world, especially mine! I love you dad,” she wrote about her father, then-94-years-old. Herbert was known as White’s stepfather who helped raise her when her mom and biological father divorced when she was an infant.
Just last summer, White actually mentioned her father when Sajak asked how he was doing. She responded, “He’s great… I call him every morning to say ‘good morning’ and that I love him.” She added that, “He’s special.”