Former The Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco had her 6.1 million Instagram followers reaching for their tissues after posting a sweet, yet silly tribute to John Ritter — her on-screen father on 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.
The famed actor, who first rose to fame on the hit sitcom Three’s Company, passed away due to a previously undiagnosed heart condition. He had been on the set with Cuoco when he started feeling ill, and he was later rushed to the hospital. He passed away on September 11, 2003, at just 54 years old.
To commemorate his passing, Cuoco posted an old black-and-white photo of the pair. In the shot, she wore a light-colored spaghetti-strap tank top and accessorized with hoop earrings and a large statement necklace with a cross. Her hair was styled into a straight and sleek look with a few stray wisps framing her face.
In her caption, Cuoco expressed her sadness that it had been 17 years since his passing. However, she ended on a lighter note, thanking the actor for still making her laugh “every single day.” She concluded her post with two purple hearts.
Cuoco also added some heartfelt silliness to the message by choosing a picture where she was making a humorous face. As she smiled, she looked upward in a comical expression. Meanwhile, Ritter leaned up against Cuoco, grinning widely at the camera in what looked like sincere joy.
Followers loved the heartfelt update and awarded the shot around 170,000 likes and more than 1,200 comments. Many wrote their own thoughts and experiences as fans of the actor.
“Forever in our hearts,” wrote one user, emphasizing the sentiment with a red heart emoji.
“I can’t believe its been 17 years either. I remember like it was yesterday. I grew up watch John Ritter on Three’s Company as a kid. My mom said she used to lay in bed laughing because I was laughing out loud to the show late into the night,” confessed a second person.
“He’s missed my so many… rest in heaven John Ritter,” added a third, along with a frowning face emoji.
“Truly a gem to the world. What a joy it was to watch him entertain us all for the years we got with him. Sending love to you and his family,” echoed a fourth follower, concluding the comment with a heart symbol.
This is not the first time this week that Cuoco has brought up her connection with a famous face on her social media. As previously covered by The Inquisitr, the Flight Attendant actress recently discussed her special connection to Jennifer Aniston in an uplifting post.