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Ryan Reynolds jokes after scattering dad's ashes

Ryan Reynolds attempted to make light of a dark day after scattering his late father's ashes on Thursday (19May16).

The Deadpool star took to Twitter in October (15) to share the sad news his father James C. Reynolds has passed away following a 20-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

"RIP Pops," he wrote. "James C. Reynolds. 1941-2015".

On Thursday, he said goodbye to his dad one last time after scattering his remains at an undisclosed location, but Ryan returned to the microblogging site to share the details of the sad affair with his fans, and couldn't help but crack a joke.

"A family having a picnic about two hundred yards downwind, ate, like, half my Dad's ashes this morning," he wrote.

Ryan has been open about his dad's struggle with the disease, even writing an op-ed for The Huffington Post in 2008, explaining how his father's condition had inspired him to take part in the New York City marathon.

"I've watched my father - a strong and proud person who successfully raised (four) arguably insane children - slowly, cruelly stripped of his independence," he wrote. "His golden years robbed without explanation. It quite obviously sucks. Witnessing my Dad suffer over the years galvanized my need to step up...

"One of the reasons I chose RUNNING specifically, was because... my competition is the most formidable foe of all; ME. The person I have to beat is the guy I was last week. The person I was yesterday. Indescribably worse, those affected by Parkinson's wage a similar war in their own bodies every single day.

"Unlike a marathon, their struggle won't end in a shallow pool of vomit just outside Tavern On The Green (in New York) while waiting for an ambulance. They continue day in and day out, silently battling away in the most personal of struggles..."

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