NCIS Alum Pauley Perrette Admits She's Devastated as She Mourns Death of Her Aunt

Actress Pauley Perrette recently lost a close family member whom she paid tribute to on social media. The star’s aunt passed away suddenly this month, according to the actress.

Taking to Twitter, Pauley Perrette, 51, announced the sad news that she’d lost her aunt, Vicki last week. The actress revealed the news on September 21, 2020.

She explained how Vicki was her mother’s younger sister who had passed away suddenly. Vicki’s passing left Perrette feeling “devastated.”

Pauley Perrette at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's (GLAZA) 45th Annual Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo on June 20, 2015, in California | Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images

Pauley Perrette at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's (GLAZA) 45th Annual Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo on June 20, 2015, in California | Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images

AUNT WAS HER PARENT

The former NCIS actress shared how her aunt had been a great mother to her and her siblings when their mother died. Perrette also noted that Vicki was one of her favorite people.

Her mother’s younger sister was described as smart and funny. The star went on to reveal some of the lessons she had learned from her aunt.

WHAT SHE LEARNED FROM VICKI

Perrette shared how Vicki had taught her that it was okay to be single, to not have children, and to retire at 51. Those were some of the things her aunt did even though no one else supported her in her decisions.

In July 2020, the actress revealed that she was following one of the lessons her aunt had taught her. After CBS canceled her new sitcom “Broke” after just one season, Perrette announced her official retirement from acting.

AUNT NEVER JUDGED

In a reply to her initial tweet about her aunt’s death, the NCIS actress also noted: “And she never ever judged me for anything...” The star elaborated on her statement by sharing how her aunt never judged her for things like depression and anxiety disorder.

She also recalled how her aunt would tell her she loved her and called her “Little Pauley Girl.” Vicki was a great support system for the star because she just never judged her choices.

LOSING HER MAKEUP ARTIST

In 2018, Perrette lost someone else she held dear on NCIS. Sharing a video on Twitter, at the time, the star revealed how she’d lost her makeup artist, Joe Hailey.

She shared in the post that Hailey had been her makeup artist for 16 years. The actress left NCIS after appearing as fan-favorite Abby Sciuto for 15 seasons.

HER 2015 ATTACK

Besides losing her aunt recently and Hailey two years ago, Perrette has had other challenges in her life. In 2015, she revealed that she was attacked in front of her Hollywood home by a homeless man.

The man beat her and threatened to kill her but she managed to reason with him. The assailant was arrested shortly afterward by the Los Angeles Police Department on suspicion of felony battery after the actress reported the incident.

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