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Tori Spelling Mourns Father

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Jun 26, 2006 | 5:05am EDT

Tori Spelling is grateful she was able to make peace with her estranged father, TV legend Aaron Spelling, a week before his death.

Tori's split with first husband Charlie Shanian after 15 months of marriage and her subsequent whirlwind wedding to Dean McDermott in May, had caused her relationship with her family to become strained.

Tori visited her ailing father at his Beverly Hills, California, mansion on June 11, where she was able to introduce him to McDermott.

She explains, "I'm grateful I recently had the opportunity to reconcile with my father and most grateful we had the chance to tell each other we loved one another before he passed away.

"It's a true blessing to have had a parent that loved me unconditionally.

"He had a heart as big as his talent and today, along with many others, I mourn his loss. He was a great man and an even better father."

The 83-year-old producer died on Friday from complications from a stroke.

Stars Pay Tribute To Spelling

Actors David Soul, Jaclyn Smith and Tony Curtis have paid tribute to late TV legend Aaron Spelling, who died on Friday.

The Hollywood producer, who was responsible for a host of shows including Charlie's Angels, Dynasty, Starsky & Hutch and Beverly Hills, 90210, passed away in his Los Angeles home following a stroke.

Former Angel Smith laments, "Aaron's contributions in television are unequalled. To me, he was a dear friend and a truly genuine human being."

Starsky & Hutch star Soul says, "Spelling was one of those characters who doesn't exist too much in Hollywood anymore. He created a family of actors. He was television. He was an ideas man."

While Curtis, who starred in Spelling's 1970s TV series Vega$, recalls, "Aaron loved Las Vegas. I got the impression he wanted to live here."

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