Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) has sadly reported the death of her father, Buddy Bregman at the age of 86.
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“Good-bye, Dad,” she shared on Instagram. “I’m so glad we had this time together. You taught me so much, lessons I will never forget. Your talent lives on, as we are looking at these pictures of you, listening to one of the tracks you did with Ella Fitzgerald.”
Good-bye Dad. I'm so glad we had this time together 🎼 you taught me so much, lessons I will never forget. your talent lives on, as we are looking at these pictures of you, listening to one of the tracks you did with #ellafitzgerald #whereorwhen #onwings #loveneverdies #buddybregman #buddybregmanorchestra #buddybregmanandhisorchestra @pyrcie @austinrecht @blbregman @sillysuzieq
Bregman was with her father when he passed, sharing a touching photo of her and her son, Landon, holding hands with him in his final moments. “Three generations holding hands today,” she wrote. “My father hasn’t held my hand since I was a little girl, but today he, Landon, and I held hands as my father starts his last adventure. All of his nurses are true rock stars. Their compassion touches me so greatly.
“I knew my dad could hear us when we spoke to him,” the actress continued, “and I pray that this part goes fast and easy. He is comfortable and sleeping peacefully. Fly high, Dad. I’ve always called you Peter Pan. I know you can do this. Fly.” She also included the hashtag “#alzheimerssucks.”
Buddy Bregman was an arranger, producer, and composer who worked with such classic talents as Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, and Frank Sinatra. Although he suffered from Alzheimers in his later years, a couple years ago, Bregman shared a wonderful video of her father playing the piano once more. “My dad just started to be able to play again after years of ‘forgetting,’” she wrote. “An amazing and misty moment seeing my parents together and my dad taking requests and mom singing!”
My dad playing my great Uncle Jule Styne's song JUST IN TIME my dad just started to be able to play again after years of 'forgetting' an amazing and misty moment seeing my parents together and my dad taking requests and mom singing! @sillysuzieq #alzheimerssucks @nerdslikeus @greenwolf Happy 84th Dad!!
See more of Bregman’s family photos in the beautiful gallery below.
Our thoughts are with Bregman and her entire family during this difficult time.