The Emmy-winning actress, 48, is currently mourning the death of her father, Paul Margulies, who passed away Tuesday, October 7. He was 79 years old.
Paul's obituary is posted in The Berkshire Eagle, which describes him as "a tremendous leader in the Anthroposophical community." Paul was obviously deeply influenced by anthroposophy -- a philosophy founded by Rudolf Steiner rooted in spiritualism -- since in lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made to the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Scholarship fund. The obituary also notes Paul's "never ending friendship, spectacular sense of humor and joke telling, and his kindness to all who met him."
In an interview with Anderson Cooper in 2012, Margulies revealed her dad actually composed a famous Alka-Seltzer jingle.
"When I got to college, I remember someone saying, 'What does your dad do?,’ and I said, 'Oh he wrote the Plop, plop, fizz, fizz jingle,' and I became quite popular,” she joked.
The ER star obviously enjoyed a close relationship with her dad, and in an interview with Huffington Post last October, lovingly described how he would give his blunt opinions on her hit CBS show.
"My dad, who's such a fan of the show, he called me last week and said, 'I don't like where the show's going. It's too dark. There has to be a human element of sympathy for these characters and I'm not feeling it,’” she shared. "I was like, 'Dad, hang in there. It's coming.'"
Paul is survived by his wife Victoria, and his three daughters Alexandra, Rachel and Julianna.