Robert Kardashian Sr. died in 2003, weeks after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer

By Helen Murphy
February 23, 2019 06:24 PM

The late Robert Kardashian Sr. would have turned 75 on Friday, and the Kardashian family spent the day posting tributes on social media in his honor.

Hours after her sisters Kim Kardashian West and Kourtney Kardashian commemorated Robert Sr.’s birthday with their own sweet posts, Khloé Kardashian shared a series of throwback images that showed the youngster spending time with her dad.

“Happy birthday daddy! We all miss you!” wrote Khloé, 34, alongside a photo that showed the pair smiling together as Robert Sr. embraced his little girl.

The mother of one went on to share a series of throwback family photos on her Instagram Story, including a picture of Robert Sr. smiling while standing behind son Rob Kardashian Jr. and daughters Kim, Kourtney and Khloé.

Khloe Kardashian/Instagram
Khloe Kardashian/Instagram
Khloé Kardashian and Robert Kardashian Sr.
Khloe Kardashian/Instagram

Kendall Jenner, 23, also posted a tribute to him on her Instagram Story, even though Robert Sr. isn’t biologically her father. Jenner shared a photo of Robert Sr. holding Kendall and sister Kylie Jenner, 21, when the two were babies, writing, “we miss you.”

Robert Kardashian Sr. with Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner/Instagram

Earlier in the day, Kardashian West, 38, commemorated the anniversary of her dad’s birthday by remembering one of their most special moments together.

“Happy Birthday dad!!!!! This was my Sweet 16 and this is the moment my dad surprised me with my first car!” she captioned the heartwarming image. “I wish you were here so badly so we could have so many more memories! We are all missing you and celebrating you today!”

In the photo, Kardashian West holds her dad’s hand as she smiles, looking delighted and surprised.

Taking a trip down memory lane, two years ago Kardashian West shared the full video of her father’s sweet surprise.

“Hey Kimberly. Hope you enjoy your brand new automobile,” Robert Sr. says to the camera after the big reveal. “I enjoyed it, and I can’t wait until you start smoking or you start drinking and I can take your car away and I can keep it. So hopefully, I can get you drunk so I can keep the car!”

“Happy birthday,” he adds. “You are the best, you’re gorgeous, you deserve this automobile — and it better be clean every week.”

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In her own tribute, Kourtney, 39, posted a throwback photo from 1993, showing the teenager posing with a straight face next to her dad at a dance.

“Father-daughter dance 1993. Happy Birthday to the best daddy I could have ever imagined,” she wrote. “Your love shines through all of us and we feel your protection.”

Though Kris Jenner, 63, did not post on social media to honor Robert Sr. on Friday, she has paid tribute to her ex-husband in the past. “There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t miss you,” she wrote on Instagram in 2017, captioning an old family photo.

“Forever grateful for the love you gave, the lessons you taught the kids, and the memories we shared. Missing you always. I am so blessed to have had you in my life and I cherish every single memory. I love you. Happy birthday Robert,” she continued.

Robert Sr., who was married to Kris from 1978–1991, was a businessman and attorney. He became a household name when he helped defend friend O.J. Simpson during his infamous 1994 murder trial. Robert was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in July 2003, and died less than eight weeks later, at age 59, on Sept. 30, 2003.