Tara Reid‘s father Thomas Reid has died.
The 76-year-old was a teacher who operated a daycare center in Wyckoff, New Jersey, along with his wife Donna, 68. He’s survived by Donna, Tara, his five other children — Kathy, James, Tommy, Tara, Patrick and Colleen — as well as 8 grandchildren.
“We are deeply saddened to say goodbye to the greatest man we knew, our father — a true legend,” Colleen told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. “His Irish wisdom and love gave our family big compassionate hearts, welcoming smiles, the ability to laugh, and the courage to take the road less traveled.”
“As a gifted and philosophical storyteller, he shared his honest wisdom with many of our family and friends. As a loyal man he taught us, that life is a blessing and to enjoy the little things in life for someday you will realize they were the big things,” she continued. “Family was everything to him. He will be greatly missed by all.”
Tara, 41, first shared the sad news of his passing on Friday, in a touching Instagram tribute.
“Today, I’ve received terrible news that my father, Thomas Reid, has passed away,” she wrote, captioning shot of the two of them embracing.
“He was a man full of life, love, wisdom, and strength,” the actress continued. “He was not only fun and in good spirits, but he was also one of the best story tellers I’ve ever heard.”
She continued: “My dad was so supportive, kind, strong, and my hero. He was my heart, my soul, and my entire world. I love you and will miss you so much daddy!”
Tara hashtagged the post “#RIPDADDYREID,” adding a tearful emoji.
Since finding breakout success in 1999’s American Pie, Tara has gone on to roles on the big and small screen — including 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats and a three-season arc on Scrubs.
She began her career with recurring role as a street-smart runaway on TV’s Days of Our Lives. Later a steamy turn as a trophy wife in 1998’s The Big Lebowski propelled her into such teen fare as 1999’s Cruel Intentions.
Recently, Tara has found sci-fi success as April Wexler in the popular Sharknado franchise. She’ll return to the role in 2017’s Sharknado 5… Earth 0.