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Patrick Duffy Gives Response To Critics Who Shamed Him For Not Expressing Grief About His Parents' Tragic Demise: "I Didn't Cause Their Murder But I Am Responsible"

September 18, 2019

Patrick Duffy has had quite a successful career, but his private life has been one plagued with sorrow, right from his young age.

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His parents were murdered in 1986

Patrick's parents Terrence and Marie Duffy were attending to customers at the tavern they owned in Montana when his dad got into an altercation with two young men named Kenneth Miller and Sean Wentz.

Terrence didn't appreciate how they dressed and told them to leave. Unknown to the Duffys, Kenneth and Sean were angered and planned to rob the tavern later in the evening.

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When they returned, Patrick's parents resisted and were killed in the process of the robbery.

Patrick was accused of not mourning his parents

After his parents' tragic demise, Patrick was accused by many of not displaying the appropriate amount of grief.

During an interview with The Guardian, the 'Dallas' star addressed the criticism and explained that as a Buddhist, he believed his parents had gone to a better place.

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He also believed that people are responsible for anything that happened to them. Hence, he felt responsible when his parents died.

"Every single unfortunate thing that happens, including, for instance, the murder of my parents, I am responsible for. I am responsible for being the son of two people who got murdered."

He continued:

"I didn't cause their murder. But if I'm suffering because of it, it's my karma that I have manifested in this lifetime in this particular set of circumstances."

Another tragic loss

Patrick found love in the arms of Carlyn Rosser after they met on a tour bus, and she made him convert to Buddhism.

Unfortunately, Carlyn passed away in 2017.

People have different ways of handling grieve, and Patrick mourned his parents the way he deemed fit. He didn't deserve to be criticized.