‘Modern Family’ Star Rico Rodriguez Mourns His Father After Sudden Death
Rico Rodriguez and Raini Rodriguez both shared touching tributes to their late father one week after he passed.
Rest in peace, Roy Rodriguez.
Modern Family star Rico Rodriguez has posted a loving tribute to his late father on Instagram. His father, Roy Rodriguez died last weekend at the age of 52.
The 18-year-old actor wrote on Instagram, “This has been the toughest week of my life. My Dad was the most kind hearted, loving, hardworking, determined, and funny man I have ever known. He was like a super hero, he had the ability to get the best out of you day in and day out.”
“I’m gonna miss your advice. I’m gonna miss your smile, and I’m gonna miss your laugh. I know you’re looking down at us right now giving us the green light to move forward. I miss you Daddy. I’ll love you forever—Your youngest.”
Roy Rodriguez is survived by his wife Diane, sons Ray and Roy Jr., and Rico’s sister Raini who is also an actress.
Just a few weeks ago, Rico shared a bit of his acting backstory with fans, revealing that he and his family moved to Los Angeles because his big sister Raini wanted to become an actress.
Eventually, Rico himself decided he wanted to “do what my sister does!” He accompanied the story with a picture of his 7-year-old self on his first red carpet at a Latino short film festival.
Raini is a Disney Channel star of Austin & Ally and is also known for her role as daughter Maya Blart in Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
She shared her own thoughts on the passing of her father as well.
“You have officially been gone one week daddy and while it has been really difficult, we are all still standing tall and I know it’s because you are sending us strength and guidance all the way from heaven.”
“My daddy was the greatest man in my life. His work ethic and sense of humor were two of his greatest characteristics, both of which he shared with me. He has taught me so many life lessons and inspired me constantly to follow my dreams. I know you will continue to shine down on me, momma, Rico, Ray, Poppi and baby and we will be ok! I promise to make you proud daddy. I will love and miss you forever—Your one and only baby girl.”
When Raini was first interested in acting, only her mother and brother Rico moved to Los Angeles from their home in Texas.
Roy stayed at home to run the family tire shop and be with the older siblings.
TMZ reports that Roy Rodriguez passed away suddenly last Sunday.
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