Rico Rodriguez Opens Up About His Father’s Death: “He Was Like a Super Hero”
Rico Rodriguez suffered a tragic loss on March 12 when his father, Roy Rodriguez, passed away. The 18-year-old actor, who plays Manny Delgado on Modern Family, memorialized his dad with a touching Instagram post not long after his passing. “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 captioned a photo of the two of them drinking milkshakes. “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.” Texas news station KBTX reported that Roy owned the Rodriguez Tire Service tire shop in Brazos County, Texas, and was heavily involved in the local La Compania Car Club in Bryan, Texas. Rico’s older sister and fellow actor, Raini, also spoke out about her father via Instagram. “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,” she wrote. “He has taught me so many life lessons and inspired me constantly to follow my dreams . . . I promise to make you proud daddy. I will love and miss you forever. – Your one and only baby girl.” Roy is survived by his wife, Diane, and their children: Raini, Rico, Ray, and Roy Jr.