Heather Locklear Mourns Father's Passing as She Prepares for 'Melrose Place' Reboot

The actress shares a heartfelt tribute on Instagram and reflects on her father Bill Locklear's influence while fans support her through this emotional time.

AceShowbiz - Heather Locklear, beloved for her role in "Melrose Place", is grieving the loss of her father, Bill Locklear, who passed away at the age of 94. The actress, 62, took to Instagram on June 12 to share her sorrow and admiration for her father, posting a touching photo of him alongside a poignant message.

"The most brilliant man I have ever known," Heather wrote in her tribute. "The bar is oh so high. The love of my life. The few, the proud. I love you dad. RIP."

A source confirmed to PEOPLE that Bill Locklear had been hospitalized in February and had been in declining health for some time, making this period particularly stressful for the family. Sympathy poured in from friends and followers, including "Dawson's Creek" star Mary-Margaret Humes, who shared her memories and offered condolences, "I remember meeting him when I was with you many years ago... he was so handsome and kind... sending love to you and your family today. Godspeed sweet dad."

This isn't the first time Heather has publicly celebrated her father's milestones. In July 2019, she honored his 90th birthday with a heartfelt Instagram post that featured a video of Bill expressing his own warmth. "Happy news that you have brought me today, to be part of your life, all the rest of your life," Bill Locklear said to his daughter in the video. Heather's loving tribute echoed that sentiment with the caption, "Happy 90th Birthday to my hero."

The announcement of her father's passing came shortly after the revelation of a "Melrose Place" reboot in the works at CBS Studios. Heather is set to reprise her iconic role as Amanda Woodward, alongside former co-stars Laura Leighton and Daphne Zuniga, marking a significant return to the series that cemented her status as a TV icon. The reboot, created by Darren Star and written by Lauren Gussis, is highly anticipated by fans.

In May 2021, Heather shared with PEOPLE her gratitude for the support from her parents and her daughter, which has been vital as she embraces her 60s. "I feel young. I'm a young 60. It's all about perspective," she expressed, adding that she was "so grateful" for her family's unwavering love.

Heather's recent Instagram activity also included joyful news about her daughter's engagement. She celebrated Ava Sambora's engagement to longtime boyfriend Tyler Farrar with exuberant posts, describing it as the "second best day" of her life, following the day Ava was born.

As Heather Locklear navigates this time of profound loss, her fans and friends continue to rally around her, offering their support as she honors her father's memory while stepping back into the spotlight for a new chapter in her storied career.

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