The Rock Of Love 2 cast reunion special aired tonight on VH1, and it included a lovely tribute to rock dad Tom Moore (father of third-place bachelorette Destiney), who passed away from liver cancer two weeks before the reunion show was taped.
Destiney watched the segment onstage with tears in her heavily masacar'd eyes, surrounded by her supportive fellow former finalists. It was a truly sweet moment. Who knew a show featuring buxom blonde metal groupies catfighting, binge drinking, and pole-dancing could be so dang touching?
So in honor of tonight's reunion special, I decided to re-run this Tom Moore blog, which I originally published on April 6, the day that Rock Of Love 2's parental-visitation episode first aired.
Anyone wishing to make a charitable contribution in Tom's memory can go to http://liverfoundation.org/donate or call 1-800-223-0179 x126.
Anyway, before she got cut, Destiney got the thrill of having her parents visit Bret's rockin' compound, along with the families of the two other remaining bachelorettes, Daisy and Ambre. And while all the relatives were pretty cool this season (there was no daddy drama like last year, when Lacey's crazy father grilled Bret about his flamed-haired daughter's supposed oral-sexploits), the coolest parent on the show was definitely Destiney's dad.
On this week's episode, Tom revealed the heartbreaking fact that he had terminal liver cancer and wasn't expected to live past March. March 2008. Gulp. As I watched it the show, I realized it was now April already, and I braced myself for some bad news...all the while hoping that some miracle cure had been found since this episode was taped around December.
No such luck. After Destiney's elimination, the show sadly concluded with an "In Loving Memory" bumper dedicated to Tom, showing him astride Bret's Harley in happier times. Tom apparently passed away last month, never even getting a chance to watch his daughter's final Rock Of Love episode.
Obviously Tom was his daughter's real rock of love, though I am sure that under a different set of circumstances, he would have been an awesome father-in-law to Bret.
Please feel free to post your condolences to Destiney and the entire Moore family on the message board below.