Rosie O’Donnell is mourning her father’s passing.

The comedian’s publicist confirmed her father, Edward Joseph O’Donnell, passed away on Sunday (August 23) after battling cancer. He was 81.

During a 2012 interview with Piers Morgan, Rosie O’Donnell opened up about her strained relationship with her father.

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.

On Sunday, Rosie sent out this tweet:

We extend our love and prayers to Rosie O’Donnell and her family during this difficult time.

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