Our hearts were heavy with sadness when actors Raini and Rico Rodriguez revealed that their beloved father Roy Rodriguez had passed away in March 2017. While their real-life family continues to mourn their loss, Rico's on-screen family just honored his dad in a very special way.
Last night, Modern Family celebrated its Season 8 finale with an episode that saw Rico's character Manny Delgado and Nolan Gould's character Luke Dunphy hitting a major milestone – graduating from high school – but that wasn't the only emotional part of the show. The show's team actually dedicated the episode to Rico's late father, and showed his name in the end credits.
Both Raini and Rico were touched by this extremely beautiful gesture, and took to social media to not only thank the team for including this special tribute to their family, but also sharing just how much it means to them.
Thank you to my entire cast, crew, and ABC family for this dedication to my dad. This special tribute means so much to my family and I. pic.twitter.com/I9HwGgQHVE— Rico Rodriguez (@StarringRico) May 18, 2017
Rico thanked everyone for being so supportive, and his sister echoed his sentiments.
Roy meant so much to his children, and the touching tributes Raini and Rico shared on social media after his untimely passing really show it.
"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 hugs," Rico shared on Instagram a week after his dad passed. "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."
This has been the toughest week of my life. 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. 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. 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
Raini added: "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."