Sadly, co-star Ian Ziering revealed that Peach Pit owner Nat actor Joe E. Tata has died. Tata was 85.

After close to two weeks since the death of Denise Dowse, the Beverly Hills, 90210 families have lost yet another loved one.

An American television actor appeared (1990 to 2000) as Nat Bussichio. Peach Pit restaurant owner and operator in Beverly Hills, 90210. It was tragic for us to lose him at 85, his co-star Ian Ziering shared.

Ian Ziering shared on Instagram

“In the last few months, we’ve lost Jessica Klein, one of 90210‘s most prolific writers and producers, Denise Douse [sic], who played Mrs. Teasley, and now I’m very sad to say Joe E Tata has passed away,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “Joey was truly an OG; I remember seeing him on the Rockford Files with James Garner years before we worked together on 90210. He was often one of the background villains in the original Batman series.”

Ziering, the actor who played Steve Sanders on Beverly Hills, 90210, noted Tata was one of his favorite co-workers. “He was as generous with his wisdom as he was with his kindness,” said Ziering. “Though the peach pit was a 90210 set, It often felt like the backdrop to the Joe E Tata show.”

“The stories of days gone by that he would share, incredible experiences in the entertainment industry that he was a part of, would keep us all captivated,” Ziering added. “He may have been in the back of many scenes, but he was a leading force, especially to us guys, on how to appreciate the gift that 90210 was. My smile dims today, but basking in fond memories moves him from my eyes to my heart, where he will always be.”

 Tata’s death cause is unknown, but some rumors say that Tata was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2018.

Ziering’s tribute noted that Tata’s passing came soon after classmates Klein and Dowse, who passed away on Aug 13, two days after she got hospitalized. 

“Throughout all my years working on Beverly Hills 90210, my scenes with Denise will always be remembered with the utmost respect for her talent and fondness for the loving soul she was,” Ziering posted on Instagram on Aug 14. “Some of my heartiest off-camera laughs were between her and I hammering out the discipline Mrs. Teasley would dish out to my Steve Sanders.”

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