'Modern Family' star Rico Rodriguez's father dies: 'He was like a super hero'

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Modern Family star Rico Rodriguez is mourning the death of his father, Roy Rodriguez.

The 18-year-old actor took to Instagram on Sunday to memorialize his late father, who died last weekend at age 52, in a touching tribute.

"This has been the toughest week of my life," Rico captioned a throwback photo of him and his father enjoying milkshakes at a diner. "My Dad was the most kind hearted, loving, hard working, 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."

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"I'm gonna miss your hugs. I'm gonna miss your advice. I'm gonna miss your smile, and I'm gonna miss your laugh," he continued. "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."

Rico's older sister, Disney channel star Raini Rodriguez, also shared a sweet message to her late father, alongside a smiling selfie the pair snapped together.

"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," Raini wrote in the caption.

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"My daddy was the greatest man in my life," he continued. "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!" she added. "I promise to make you proud daddy. I will love and miss you forever."

Roy's family held a memorial service on Friday, and he was laid to rest on Saturday. He is survived by his wife, Diane, their four children, two daughters-in-law and several grandchildren, as well as his mother, Ramona Torres, step-father Rosalio Torres, and other close family members.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Raini Rodriguez, father Roy Rodriguez, and actor Rico Rodriguez attend the world premiere of 'The Wizard Of Oz 3D' at the grand opening of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD - Rico Rodriguez vs Jaleel White - The celebrity families competing to win cash for their charities feature the families of Modern Family star Rico Rodriguez against the family of actor Jaleel White (Family Matters, Dancing with the Stars). This episode of Celebrity Family Feud airs SUNDAY, JULY 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) ROY BIG ROY RODRIGUEZ, RICO RODRIGUEZ, RAINI RODRIGUEZ, ROY LIL ROY RODRIGUEZ, RAY RAY RAY RODRIGUEZ
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD - Rico Rodriguez vs Jaleel White - The celebrity families competing to win cash for their charities feature the families of Modern Family star Rico Rodriguez against the family of actor Jaleel White (Family Matters, Dancing with the Stars). This episode of Celebrity Family Feud airs SUNDAY, JULY 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) STEVE HARVEY, RICO RODRIGUEZ, RAINI RODRIGUEZ, ROY BIG ROY RODRIGUEZ,ROY LIL ROY RODRIGUEZ, RAY RAY RAY RODRIGUEZ
(L-R) Diane Rodriguez, Rico Rodriguez, Raini Rodriguez, and Roy Rodriguez attend 2010 American Music Awards pre-party charity bowl tournament at Lucky Strike Lanes at L.A. Live on November 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
Actor Rico Rodriguez, of NBC's "Modern Family," and his sister, actress Raini Rodriguez, arrive at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 18, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Hosts Rico Rodriguez (L) and Raini Rodriguez speak on stage during We Day California in Inglewood, California, April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Actress Raini Rodriguez from the Disney Channel series "Austin and Ally" and actor Rico Rodriguez from the ABC series "Modern Family" arrive at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (SAGAWARDS-ARRIVALS)
Actors Rico Rodriguez (L) and Raini Rodriguez attendEntertainment Weekly's celebration honoring the 2015 SAG awards nominees at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California, January 24, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Rico Rodriguez arrives at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Rico Rodriguez from the ABC sitcom "Modern Family" arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 25, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES -Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(EMMYS-ARRIVALS)
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