Robin Thicke remembered his father, Alan Thicke, nearly six years after his death.
The Masked Singer panelist took to Instagram earlier this week to pay homage to his late dad with an old throwback photo of the father-son duo lounging on a boat.
In the pic, Robin wore a backward hat while reaching to put a hand on his dad’s shoulder as they sat in a boat on the water. Alan, sporting bathing suit bottoms and retro sunglasses, looked off into the distance in this sweet throwback pic.
“Missing my Pops today!” Robin captioned the heartfelt post, calling his dad “Mr cool.”
Alan tragically passed away in December 2016 after what was determined as a “ruptured aorta” and a “standard type A aortic dissection,” according to the death certificate shared with People.
Alan—a legendary Canadian actor, singer, and TV personality—was 69 when he died shortly after playing hockey with his youngest son, Carter, Robin’s half-brother, who was 19 at the time of their dad’s death.
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The “Blurred Lines” crooner later spoke about the experience of taking over the role of the family patriarch during a 2019 interview with Steve Harvey, during which he admitted he had a “little maturing to do.”
“When my father passed, I became the patriarch of my family,” Robin said at the time. “My young 20-year-old brother, he needed a big brother, and it just felt like now I had to take it onto my shoulders to be a much better, more focused man than I was before.”
Robin later expressed his grief for his father in the first song he wrote following his dad’s death, a track called ‘That’s What Love Can Do.”
“It’s about the passing of the torch of my father to me and the kind of man I want to be,” he previously told People last year. “After my father’s death, I remember a friend of his said, ‘A big tree has fallen.’ That’s what my dad was: the big tree. Now here I am, this medium-sized tree, and I’ve got to grow my branches and protect everybody. Every day I try to make him proud of me.”
“I was suffering blow after blow, loss after loss,” he continued at the time. “But I saw the house burning down as a chance for me to step up and say, ‘We’re going to laugh today. We’re going to smile today. We’re going to play today. We’re going to dance. We’re not going to let losing our stuff matter because we’ve got each other.’ Loss does beget gratitude.”