Joe E. Tata’s Daughter Kelly Recalls Her Father’s ‘Final Moments’

We honor his legacy. Beverly Hills, 90210Star Joe E. Tata’sDaughter Kelly TataShe is grieving the death of her father by giving back.

Joe, who played Nat Bussichio on the ’90S teen drama, died at the age of 85 on Thursday, August 25​​​​. Prior to his death, however, his daughter started a GoFundMe page asking for financial support to help care for the actor, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018.

Kelly initially wanted the funds to be used to rent a car to move closer to her father, who lives in California. “His illness has progressed to its final stages,” she revealed. “He spends his days scared and confused. The few times I’ve seen him, there is relief and joy in his eyes.”

Now, however, the money will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Please continue to keep us in your prayers as I grieve the loss of my best friend,” she concluded her statement.

Ian ZieringThe actor who played Steve Sanders in all 10 seasons on Fox’s hit series, announced the news on Thursday via Instagram as a touching tribute.

“In the last few months we’ve lost Jessica KleinOne of 90210’sMost prolific writers and producers Denise Douse who played Mrs. Teasley, and now I’m very sad to say Joe E Tata has passed away,” the actor, 58, wrote alongside a photo of Joe as Nat and a second snap of the twosome posing together. “Joey was truly an OG, I remember seeing him on the Rockford files with James GarnerYears ago, we had never worked together. 90210. He was often one the background villains in the original. Batman series. One of the happiest people I’ve ever worked with, he was as generous with his wisdom as he was with his kindness.”

The SharknadoStar also noted the set of 90210 “often felt like the backdrop to the Joe E. Tata show” and that the cast was often entertained by the “incredible experiences in the entertainment industry” he would share. “He may have been in the back of many scenes, but he was a leading force, especially to us guys, on how to appreciate the gift that 90210 was,” Ziering wrote.

The New Jersey native concluded his post by saying that while his “smile dims today,” the “basking in fond memories moves him from my eyes to my heart where he will always be. My deepest condolences go to his family, friends, and all those he loved. Rest In peace Joey 🙏.”

Joe was a regular guest on more than 200 episodes during his time on the series. It aired from 1990 through 2000. Jason Priestley, Luke Perry, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Shannen DohertyAnd Gabrielle Carteris.

Joe reprised his role in the second season of the series. 902102009 CW reboot CW reboot in 2009. Mystery Girls.

Many of Joe’s costars took to social media to remember the actor following his passing, including Priestley, 52. “Today we lost my dear friend and TV boss Joe E Tata,” who starred as Brandon Walsh on the series, wrote via Instagram. “Nat Busiccio was a huge part of Beverly Hills 90210Joey was a big part of my childhood. Joe, Rest in Peace. There will never be another.”

Spelling also paid a touching tribute. Batman alum, referring to Joe as one of “the kindest, funniest, most professional, amazing humans I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with and more importantly being friends with in my entire life.”