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'American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior': Death In The Family Brings The Teutuls Closer Together (VIDEO)

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"American Chopper" suffers a death in the family.

The bitterness between Paul Teutul Sr. and his son Paul Jr. has been festering all season long on "American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior" (Mon., 9 p.m. ET on Discovery).

However, when Paul Jr. heard the distressing news that his grandmother, Helen Teutul, had passed away, he found the courage to call his dad on the phone and offer his condolences.

"She loved you very much," he consoled his dad, adding, "I'm sorry for your loss."

Helen died in December 2011 at the age of 93 and, although she didn't feature prominently on "American Chopper," she was the lynchpin of the Teutul family.

Upset by her death and by the estrangement from his son, Paul Sr. said he would have preferred to talk to Paul Jr. in person "instead of calling him back on the phone."

Mulling over the call, Paul Sr. seemd to think that a reconciliation was perhaps in order. "I've been meaning for a while to go over there," he said "because of the situations that have been going on."

Thinking that his son may be reaching out to him at last, Paul Sr. finally decided that now was the time to go over and see him face-to-face.

The family drama continues, on "American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior," Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery.

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