Rosie O'Donnell's father dies aged 81

The father of American comedian Rosie O'Donnell, Edward O'Donnell, has died of cancer aged 81.

Rosie O'Donnell's father dies aged 81

Rosie O'Donnell's father, Edward O'Donnell, has died aged 81.

The comedian's dad - who worked as an aerospace electrical engineer for Fairchild, Schlumberger and Grumman - died of cancer, according to Us Weekly.

The 53-year-old star and her father had a strained relationship after her mother's death, which occurred when the former 'View' co-host was just 10 years old.

Reflecting on their relationship during an interview in 2012, Rosie shared: "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."

News of her father's death comes shortly after a man was arrested over the recent disappearance of Rosie's 17-year-old daughter Chelsea, who was found safe after going missing for a week.

Authorities have confirmed Steven Sheerer, 25, faces charges of child endangerment and distribution of obscenity to a minor and if convicted, faces up to 10 years in prison.

Following the disappearance of her adopted daughter, Rosie asked for the public's help in finding her.

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