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Doris Day's Grandson: Manager Blocked Me From Seeing Her

Doris Day's Grandson: Manager Blocked Me From Seeing Her
(AP)

By    |   Friday, 17 May 2019 10:31 AM

Doris Day's longtime manager reportedly refused to let her grandson see her, even when she grew older and "her mind begun to slip."

On Facebook, Ryan Melcher — Day's grandson — wrote a lengthy post expressing his sadness and regret about not seeing more of his grandmother before she died on Monday.

"You see, I received the news of my grandmother’s passing like many of you — I awoke and read the news in a social media feed Monday morning," he wrote on Wednesday. He said this was because he had not been able to stay in touch with Day due to interference from her manager, Bob Bashara, who wanted to distance Day from Melcher and his parent's divorce.

"When I was invited by Doris to dinner a few years ago after my father’s untimely death in November 2004 (melanoma), her new business manager, a former fan, intervened and asked me to meet him at the family owned Cypress Inn here in Carmel, California," Melcher continued. When he arrived, Bashara allegedly informed him that he would not be able to see Day.

"Any and all communication was cut off from that point on and I was left bewildered," Melcher said. "I later learned that the business manager had fired all the longstanding members on my grandma's Foundation board and appointed his direct family as the new board members. It seemed I was not the only one who had been cut out."

Melcher said he considered speaking up about the situation but decided against it in fear of how it would affect his grandmother.

"From what I had heard around the community from in-the-know people, her mind had already begun slipping so I feared my outreach would only cause more stress due to the new folks surrounding her. I could not bring myself to continue to fight an uphill battle at the expense of her wellbeing or my family’," he wrote.

Responding to the heart wrenching post, Charley Cullen Walters, who handled Day's publicity, told People that he had attempted to reach out to Melcher twice in the past. For the 35th anniversary of the DDAF Foundation and for Day's 90th birthday party in 2014, but both times did not receive a response from her grandson.

"When asked about family with media, Doris would decline to answer so I never pushed it," he said, adding that he had always "hoped for a reunion between them."

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Doris Day's longtime manager reportedly refused to let her grandson see her, even when she grew older and "her mind begun to slip. "On Facebook, Ryan Melcher - Day's grandson - wrote a lengthy post expressing his sadness and regret...
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