, Hugh Jackman’s father, Chris Jackman, dies on Father’s Day, The Nzuchi Times News

Hugh Jackman’s father, Chris Jackman, dies on Father’s Day

X-Men star Hugh Jackman has revealed that his father, Christopher John Jackman, died on Sunday.

He passed away on Father’s Day, Jackman said, telling fans on Instagram: “Whilst there is deep sadness, I am filled with such gratitude and love.”

, Hugh Jackman’s father, Chris Jackman, dies on Father’s Day, The Nzuchi Times News

“My Dad was, in a word, extraordinary. He devoted his life to his family, his work and his faith. I pray he is now at peace with God,” he added.

Christopher John Jackman was an English-born accountant who emigrated to Australia before Hugh was born.

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He raised the future actor and his four siblings alone after splitting from his wife when Hugh was eight years old, Jackman told The Telegraph in 2011.

, Hugh Jackman’s father, Chris Jackman, dies on Father’s Day, The Nzuchi Times News

, Hugh Jackman’s father, Chris Jackman, dies on Father’s Day, The Nzuchi Times News

The star paid tribute to his father throughout his career, describing him as his “rock” in an interview with CBS News’ 60 Minutes show in 2012.

“It’s always, ‘How’s Deb?’ It’s not about work and I think that’s him living with, probably some of his regrets and feelings of maybe he… at the wrong time put too much into his career and he doesn’t want me to make that mistake,” he said of what advice his father gave him. “And so, in his gentle way, he always reminds me that this is the most important thing.”

In an Instagram post last year, Jackman wrote: “My Father taught me to always keep my promises … Even if it turns out that there’s a better option or something that will benefit me more. Be true to your word.”

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