Molly Ringwald’s father, jazz musician Bob Ringwald, died on August 3. He was 80 years old.
Molly, 53, announced the news on Instagram on Saturday by sharing a handful of photos of her late father over the years.
“It is with heavy hearts that my family says goodbye to my father,” the ‘Sixteen Candles’ star wrote. “I consider myself very lucky to have had [him] in my life for as long as I have.
She did not reveal the cause of her death.
The actress also wrote Bob’s obituary for the Sacramento Bee, in which she shared several anecdotes about her father’s life, including that he sent his last “e-mail joke” days before he died.
“Anyone who knew Bob also knew his mischievous side and his ever-present, slightly ribald sense of humor,” she wrote. “If you hadn’t begged enough to get off his email joke list, you would have received one just days before he died.”
The “Riverdale” star shared many of her Sacramento-born father’s accomplishments, including being crowned “The Emperor of Jazz” by the Sacramento Jazz Festival in 2012 — an honor she says, ” both touched and embarrassed him.”
“Although he was a performer for most of his life, he was never comfortable being given attention unless he was on stage with a piano,” he said. -she writes. “Nevertheless, Bob attracted attention wherever he went. His natural charisma, authenticity and sense of humor made people fall in love with him and want to be with him.
Bob, who was blind, is survived by his wife of 60 years, Adele, and their three children: daughters Molly and Beth Ringwald Carnes and son Kelly Ringwald. Her fourth child, Robert Ringwald Jr., died of leukemia at age 3.
Bob was also a grandfather to four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.