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Melissa and Joey star Taylor Spreitler opened up about the loss of her father

July 08, 2016 08:45 AM

Taylor Spreitler’s father has committed suicide.

The 22-year-old Melissa & Joey star revealed the news in an emotional Instagram message on Thursday night.

“Today my heart is hurting,” Spreitler wrote. “My dad took his own life due to his struggles with depression.”

“I am deeply saddened and will miss him dearly as he was my inspiration and biggest cheerleader,” she explained.

The actress said she went public with the news of his death to help others who might be suffering from depression.

“I am sharing this news with my all my fans as I want to educate everyone on the pain that depression can cause,” she said. “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,” she continued.

Spreitler has often praised her father on Instagram, sharing moments with him and calling him one of “the most amazing men I’ve ever known.”

“I love and miss you,” she previously wrote.

“Thankful for this goof,” she also once said.

She concluded her message on Thursday asking for space to mourn her loss, and expressing gratitude for the care she has received so far.

“I ask that you respect my family s privacy during this time so we may heal from the devastating news. Thank you for all the love and support.”

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