Fans are keeping Tyler Posey in their thoughts. On August 15, 2020, the actor announced that it would have been his mom, Cyndi Garcia‘s birthday, if she hadn’t tragically passed away in 2014.
“Happy birthday, mama. People tend to post only the good things in life. But that’s not realistic. Not that this is bad or anything, but it’s a glimpse that life ain’t perfect,” he wrote. “And that’s the exact way it should be. Nothing is perfect. Long ago someone decided ‘happy’ is the way to be. I’m very happy. But you can’t deny the other things. I think people are searching for ‘wholeness’ or ‘completeness’ and in my opinion that is the true ‘happy,’ but it’s OK to get that confused. You can’t be whole with out the ups and down. Here’s to all the fallen and the loved ones who can’t share this beautiful day with us in person. Thank you for reading and coming on this journey with me. LOVE is what matters most.”
“On Mother’s Day, my dad came downstairs to my room and said, ‘Something’s wrong with mom.’ My mom had Stage 4 cancer and she wouldn’t live another week,” the dancer shared. “And it’s crazy because you never think that the strongest person in your family would be the most broken.”
Many fans were heartbroken for the two stars after their dad died suddenly on March 12, 2017, at 52 years old.
“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,” Rico wrote at the time. “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.”
Raini also took to Instagram, writing, “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. I know you will continue to shine down on me, momma, Rico, Ray, Poppi and baby and we will be ok! I promise to make you proud daddy. I will love and miss you forever.”
The Glee star announced on April 27, 2020, that his dad, Charles William Criss, had sadly passed away.
“Bill Criss has left the building. After many years of coping with a rare heart condition — which, true to his form, very few would have even been aware of — he finally checked out peacefully yesterday morning, surrounded by his loved ones,” he shared on Instagram. “Dad lived an extraordinary life. Anyone who ever met Bill Criss adored him instantly. He could talk to anyone about anything. Well-read and well-traveled, he made the world a better place wherever he went. He was as deliriously charming as he was relentlessly selfless. Always putting other people first, making anybody who ever got into a conversation with him genuinely feel like they were the most incredible person in the room, and although he would have been the first to gracefully protest it, the simple truth is that he was in fact, every inch the exemplary man: a devoted husband, an outstanding father, a loving grandparent. He lived his days the same way he loved his friends and family — with an unwavering sense of composure, compassion, generosity, and humility.”
Thursday, April 17 was the 13th anniversary since Bella’s dad passed away, and in the actress honored her father with an emotional tribute.
“Today you died and tomorrow we are left with just the remnants of you… I hope you’re floating in the sky somewhere or as that beautiful bird you always wanted to be,” she wrote. “Want to say time heals but it’s been years and I still feel very broken without you, please stop by my dreams tonight so I can say hello.”
That isn’t the first time the Shake It Up star bravely opened up about the death of her dad, Reinaldo Thorne. Back in March 2019, she spoke about it in front of thousands of people, and fans were seriously amazed by her strength. The actress broke down in tears as she took the stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City, where she read a poem that she wrote about her late father, who unfortunately passed away after getting into a motorcycle crash in 2007.
“I just want to say that my dad might be dead, but I believe in something, and I believe he would be proud of me,” Bella told the audience after her emotional performance.
“There are times where I’m completely normal even to this day and I’m just like, ‘Oh, that light post looks nice. I wonder if Daddy would like that light post.’ And then, all of a sudden, I realize I’m crying,” she also told Us Weekly in 2014.
“First morning waking up without being able to call my dad or hug him,” she also wrote on December 9, 2019. “Couldn’t sleep ’til 6 AM. Eventually I just said in my mind, ‘Goodnight dad, I love you,’ and I fell asleep dreaming about him.”
And on December 14, 2020, the Internet Famous star attended her dad’s funeral.
“Today was filled with sadness, laughter and remembrance of the best person who ever lived — my dad, my superhero, my twin, my favorite human,” she wrote on Instagram alongside some photos from the ceremony. “We will always miss you, make you proud, cherish our memories and most importantly — love you. I am going to continue to be strong but I know it comes in waves and I’m prepared for that. I will continue to be myself and try my best to move forward like you would want me to dad. See you soon, Dad. Love you million years.”
“You will forever be my best friend. I miss you so f—ing much already Dad. I know that even though you’re not physically here with me on earth, that you are with me in spirit,” he wrote. “You are responsible for making me the person that I am so proud to be today. All of the lessons that you’ve taught me have stuck with me and I will use them moving onward for the rest of my life. You are and forever will be my favorite person that I will ever know. You went always above and beyond for me.”
Ethan took to Instagram too, writing, “Dad, you were so much more to me than just my Dad. Although we were only granted 19 years here together it feels like we’ve spent a million lifetimes together. You are such a strong soul and you’ve made such a strong impact on more people than you would believe. I know you will always be with me but I want you to know that I will always be with you. You’re never alone Dad. You are the toughest man that I will EVER know. The pain you endured, physical and emotional, throughout your entire journey that you prevailed through is indescribable and I admire you so much for pushing through without a single complaint. You are the strongest man I will EVER know. The sacrifices you made for your family throughout your journey could not be done without prodigious courage. You always put others first even if it meant the worst for yourself. You are the sweetest most caring man I will EVER know. The consideration you had for everyone and anyone is truly heartwarming. You were a father figure and friend to all of my friends too. I could go on for eternity, I really could.”
Louis lost his mom, Johannah Deakin, to leukemia in December of 2016.
“I have got to make her proud. It’s those things that really keep me going. It’s been a crazy 24 months and a hell of a lot to deal with for someone of my age,” the “Back To You” singer told Metroback in 2017. “Enormous tragedies affect people in different ways. I’m lucky that my mum brought me up to be pretty thick-skinned. There is never any time in my job to sit and feel sorry for myself. I always want to keep going and keep fighting. Of course, at times it is as difficult as it possibly could be… It genuinely makes me a stronger person and creatively it gives me so much depth. I think I am coping as well as I could do, to be honest.”
In March of 2019, he released a song, called “Two Of Us,” about her death.
“So I will keep you, day and night, here until the day I die / I’ll be living one life for the two of us / I will be the best of me, always keep you next to me,” the One Direction crooner sings in the heartbreaking tune. “Even when I’m on my own, I know I won’t be alone / Tattooed on my heart are the words of your favorite song / I know you’ll be looking down, swear I’m gonna make you proud / I’ll be living one life for the two of us.”
Vanessa lost her father, Greg Hudgens, to cancer in January 2016. She opened up about the loss that April.
“There are highs and there are lows. It sucks, but death happens,” she told People Magazine. “It never makes it easier but it happens to all of us. It’s just something we have to get through until we all meet again in heaven.”
“I felt like [the death of my father] really pushed me to expand and grow as a person, whether I liked it or not,” the former Disney star told Haute Living in January of 2019. “I [now] feel like those moments are really great to have because they force you to reassess your life, what you believe in, what you stand for, who you want to be.”
Dove’s dad, Philip Hosterman, passed away when she was 15 years old.
“I feel as though I understand you more and more as I begin to understand myself in these formative years, and although it can’t ever replace the years I’ve lost with you, I know I am never without you because you are in me,” the actress wrote in a post dedicated to her late father in 2016. “The gift that you have given to me and Claire, the intense pain and loss, has brought a clarity, a deep human connection, an empathy and a color to our lives in a way that nothing else could. I can never go back to who I was before, and I would never want to. You still teach me lessons every day, and make me laugh as the lessons you instilled at a young age begin to settle into my bones and make more sense. You set me up for the best life imaginable, and I plan to make you proud every single day and never waste it.”
The Descendants star also spoke out about missing him in October 2019.
“I have very few reminders in my life left of him, physical proof that he was ever here to begin with. It’s almost like my life now, and my life with him, are two different lives, and I guess, for the most part, I have kept it that way on purpose. not because I prefer it, or I want to forget, but mostly because it is too painful to look at all the time,” she said on Instagram.
Demi’s father, Patrick Lovato, passed away from cancer in 2013. As fans know, the singer was estranged from her dad, but in honor of his death, she created the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program.
“I was very conflicted when he passed, because he was abusive,” Demi admitted in a YouTube video. “He was mean, but he wanted to be a good person. And he wanted to have his family, and when my mom married my stepdad, he still had this huge heart where he said, ‘I’m so glad that [he’s] taking care of you and doing the job that I wish I could do.'”
“Father, I’m gonna say thank you / Even if I don’t understand / Oh, you left us alone / I guess that made me who I am,” she sings in the emotional song. “I know you never got the chance / To be yourself, to be your best / I hope that heaven’s given you / A second chance.”
Jennette’s mom, Debra McCurdy, passed away from cancer in 2013. The iCarly actress admitted that that the losing her was one of the toughest moments in her life.
“She was my biggest cheerleader, my biggest supporter, and also my hardest critic,” she told Vulture. “She was very hard on me, but I always knew that it came from a place of love and that she wanted the best for me. It would’ve done so much if somebody would’ve just given me a hug.”
Austin lost his dad, Carter Mahone, when he was only a kid.
“People are like, ‘Is it weird that you don’t have a dad?’ he said in 2014. “No. That’s just how I grew up, and that’s what’s normal for me. I can’t imagine having a dad. I can’t be like, ‘Hey, Dad! Want to go play catch in the yard?’ That would be weird for me to say.”
Bruno‘s mom, Bernadette San Pedro Bayot, passed away suddenly after suffering a brain aneurysm in 2013, and he was definitely heartbroken. He told Latina Magazine, “My life has changed,. She’s more than my music. If I could trade music to have her back, I would. I always hear her say, ‘Keep going and keep doing it.’ You just gotta know that she’s with me everywhere I go. It’s something that you can’t imagine — the pain and the things that you keep going back to: ‘I wish I would’ve done this or said this.’ You just have to see life differently. It shows you the real importance of life. Nothing else matters in this world but family and your loved ones.”
Kanye‘s mom, Donda West, unfortunately died in November 2007. In May 2019, he remembered her during an appearance on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.
“You know, she’s here with us and she’s guiding us,” he shared. “This would have been the funnest time of her life to have those kids running around that house and being able to like go and buy them toys.”