MARISKA HARGITAY'S DAD WATCHES HER WIN AN EMMY, FALLS GRAVELY ILL

Published on: September 6, 2006
MARISKA HARGITAY'S DAD WATCHES HER WIN AN EMMY, FALLS GRAVELY ILL

Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay prayed her critically ill father would live to see her win her first Emmy Award. And her prayers were answered.

Legendary bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, 80, had been battling bone cancer and a severe heart condition, a longtime family friend told The ENQUIRER.

But he managed to watch his daughter accept the award for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" before his condition took a turn for the worse. Three hours after Mariska won her Emmy, she was back at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center holding Mickey's hand as doctors feverishly worked to keep him alive, said a family friend.

"His heart was giving out and he couldn't breathe," said the friend.

When she got the call that her dad was dying, Mariska immediately rushed to his bedside.

"Mariska went directly from an Emmy party to the hospital. She was still in her gown," said the friend.

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