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'Melissa and Joey' Actress Taylor Spreitler Shares Emotional Tribute to Father Following His Suicide

by Jackie Willis 11:29 AM PDT, July 08, 2016
Playing 'Melissa and Joey' Actress Taylor Spreitler Shares Emotional Tribute to Father Following His Suicide

Taylor Spreitler is remembering her father by helping to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

The 22-year-old actress -- best known for her role as Melissa Joan Hart's niece on Melissa and Joey -- penned an emotional message on Thursday, following the death of her dad. "Today my heart is hurting. My dad took his own life due to his struggles with depression," she captioned a photo of her father hugging a dog. "I am deeply saddened and will miss him dearly as he was my inspiration and biggest cheerleader."

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Spreitler's tribute to her dad also came with a call to action. "I am sharing this news with my all my fans as I want to educate everyone on the pain that depression can cause," she continued. "My mission now is to educate others on how to get help. If you know someone who is struggling, please tell them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255." ‎

The actress concluded her post by asking fans to "respect my family’s privacy during this time so we may heal from the devastating news."

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She added: "Thank you for all the love and support."

Spreitler has shared several Instagram pics of her father in the past, including a birthday message for him in March. "Happy Birthday Dad! Nice stache," she captioned an old pic of him.

Happy Birthday Dad! Nice stache. 👨

A photo posted by Taylor Spreitler (@taylorspreitler) on

Last November, she also posted a pic of her hanging out with her parent, captioning the image: "Thankful for this goof."

Thankful for this goof.

A photo posted by Taylor Spreitler (@taylorspreitler) on

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