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Dax Shepard's Heartwarming Account Of His Dying Father Meeting His Unborn Child

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | March 22, 2013 | Comments ()


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We don't often get authentic glimpses into the lives of the people we see on television and the big screen. Earlier this week, however, nerd king Wil Wheaton wrote a touching, heartfelt piece about an experience he had with a woman he met a nerd convention, and today, I ran across an equally touching blog post from Dax Shepard ("Parenthood") about the death of his father.

Shepard is a guy who most of us have done a 180 on over the last few years. He's no longer the obnoxious guy we associate with "Punk'd" and a series of bad movies like Without a Paddle and Employee of the Month. He's the good but sometimes misguided man from "Parenthood," and the loving partner of Kristen Bell, the man who got his girlfriend a sloth and briefly transformed her into an adorable nutcase.

But in speaking about his father's death on his blog, we learned a lot more about Shepard, a man who clearly didn't have an ideal childhood growing up in Detroit. He was not close to his father, who abandoned him from the ages of 3 to 15. Late in his father's life, however, Shepard seems to have made amends with his Dad, a lifelong alcoholic, food, and sex addict.

I encourage you to read the entire post if only for the insight, humor, and pathos he brings to discussing his father's death, which only validates our impressions that he really is more like his "Parenthood" character, Crosby, than he was the doofus on "Punk'd."

Here's a taste, a touching moment his Dad had with his unborn child the week before he passed.


The next day I showed up to the hospital to find that he had taken a very sharp turn for the worse. It was not what I was expecting. I had let myself believe that the fun we had the day before was some kind of magic antidote. I half expected to see him eating a full breakfast when I walked in, but instead he was dazed and motionless. He could no longer sit up on his own, and talking was proving to be too much for him. So we sat quietly. I climbed in the bed with him and rubbed the little hairs on the back of his neck. I squeezed him. I'd never seen him so cute and little. He was a 250 pound baby. We spent most of the day that way.

At one point, and unbeknownst to both of us, my wife walked into the room. She had flown in from LA without any warning. It was a surprise. It was an amazing, incredible, perfectly timed surprise. She lifted her shirt up and he put his hand on her swollen stomach. He left it there for the better part of an hour. He was smiling from ear to ear, sitting contently, unable to put together a sentence, but still capable of connecting to the new family member we were creating. He wasn't going to make it to the birth, but that didn't get in the way of him meeting the new baby. It was an emotional and triumphant moment. One I will never forget. If I live to be a thousand, I will still be in debt to my wife for giving him that one last thrill.

(Source: Dax Shepard's Blog)


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  • kirbyjay

    What I love about this pic is the stringy hair, the sweatshirt, the sweet smile. Had this been a candid ( press op) for the likes of Beyoncé or J.Lo or a Kardashian, there would have been full makeup, designer dresses, fake smiles, and a
    " ( insert vapid celebrity name here) has ( rented) father-in-law meet unborn babe"
    headline on Yahoo news, coinciding with the latest album release or clothing line.
    I love that it is a beautiful moment that two normal celebrities chose to share.

  • Aaaaand, I'm crying.

  • TheEmpress

    How lovely! And just what I needed today.

  • emilya

    after the larry king interview with dax and kristen, i wasn't sure i could love them more...but this proves that i can. thank goodness it's allergy season...i'm using that as my excuse for the constant watering of the eyes and grabbing of tissues behind my computer!

  • Erich

    my dad died in January, the morning after his 73rd birthday. I don't know if that's why this story hit me so hard, but.... *cry*

  • hippyherb

    It has been nearly 2 years since my mum died, and It still doesn't take much to set me off. Old ladies, 4 wheelie walkers, walking sticks, seeing other people with their mothers, shopping centres, supermarkets etc.
    I feel for you.

  • foolsage

    I'm very sorry for your loss.

  • Frank Booth

    Father was just diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He's been covering up his condition pretty well for years, but I knew, I knew......now i am watching the man who raised me slowly disappear...I dont know how to deal and it hurts at levels I never suspected existed. This made it hurt a little less and points to learning to deal.....I haven't shared this with anyone outside immediate family...if you're tempted to post something stupid as a commen..please don't

  • Melissa D

    This is my greatest fear in life, and I am so sorry it has happened to you. Please take care of yourself and don't feel guilty about it, because you need to if you want to take care of him.

  • foolsage

    Mine, too. I've found the resources at alz.org to be very helpful.

  • i'm so sorry, Frank. I'd never leave a stupid comment, but I offer love and strength. And when you can, check out the Alzheimer's Association and see if they have a support group in your area. They've been an amazing source of support for my own family.

  • Melina

    I ran away and eloped so that I didn't have to deal with the "my dad's dead and I don't have anyone to walk me down the aisle/I don't have a dad so there's no father daughter dance" but when you have kids you really can't avoid the thoughts that go through your head, because above all else, I just wish my dad could've met my kids...because they're really cool and he was really cool too.

  • Kballs

    Idiocracy is one of my top guilty pleasures so me and Dax go way back . . .

  • Slash

    Holy crap, that picture. Now I'm a little verklempt.

  • chrisahl

    Can we at least agree that instagram on that picture is a huge mistake? Guys?

  • Dave Dorris

    no.

  • $43768042

    wow.
    sure getting dusty in here...

  • APOCooter

    God. Dammit. I want to hate Dax Shepard, for no other reason than he's engaged to Kristen Bell, who I am convinced is my soulmate. But no, he's got to go and do shit like this that makes me like him. And since I have to blame somebody, I'm blaming you, the messenger.

  • upstate

    Reminds me of that scene from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" where Peter and Aldous are out on the water and Aldous says Peter's music is like a dark Neil Diamond, and Peter goes "Fuck you're cool. I mean it's hard for me to say, because I hate you in so many ways..."

  • Aw....*choke*...

  • theotherone

    On the vomit? Because I tasted a little just reading the headline of this post.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    I'm in absolute awe of the heartlessness.
    Very impressive!

  • PerpetualIntern

    Trollllllllllllllllllllllllllll in the dungeon!

  • foolsage

    Just thought you ought to know...

  • Bodhi

    1) I rather love Without a Paddle

    2) My, its rather dusty in here this morning. *sniff sniff*

  • lonolove

    Amen on both counts. My computer is exuding onion mist in my face.

  • Stupid emotions.

    They both seem like dolls in real life.

  • Agreed...I really like both of them individually but together they are just awesome.

  • I lost my father almost 3 years ago. Now I've read this. Now I can't see properly; everything's being refracted through some sort of weird liquid. I'm sure those things are unrelated.

  • Somebody's started cutting onions at my desktop...

  • Jezzer

    STOP MAKING ME HAVE FEELS. >:(

  • Ted Zancha

    Yeah, seriously. Pajiba has been putting me through the ringer this week.

  • Alyssa Christopher

    just before I saw the bank draft which said $8016, I didn't believe ...that...my friends brother could realey making money parttime from there

    pretty old laptop.. there uncles cousin has done this for less than 18 months and by now repaid the dept on their house and bought a brand new Mercedes. we looked here, Mel7.com

  • Jezzer

    "STOP MAKING ME HAVE FEELS" doesn't mean "SEND IN THE UNFEELING SPAMBOTS." >:(

  • Michelle

    Srsly. It's making me look a little silly at work!

  • $27019454

    Fuckin A right.

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