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Kardashians Send Birthday Wishes to Their Late Father, Robert Kardashian Sr.

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By Alyssa McCraw

Several members of the Kardashian clan celebrated the memory of their late father, Robert Kardashian Sr., on February 22nd.

The beloved patriarch of America's favorite family would have turned 76 on Saturday. The way one attributes his legacy is most likely dependent on the generation one is from - if you're reading this, it could go both ways, so we'll provide a brief refresher. Mr. Kardashian was first famous for being an attorney representing O.J. Simpson in his 1995 murder trial (spoiler alert: they won).

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It wasn't until the year 2007 when his surname would make a surprising return. This was the year Keeping Up With The Kardashians premiered on television screens across the country - sadly, Robert Kardashian Sr. would not be around to see it.

The legendary lawyer passed away in September 2003 at just 59 years old. His death came after a very short battle with esophageal cancer, a disease of which he was only diagnosed with two months prior. Besides its brevity, it was also the nature of his illness that stunned the family - Kardashian was never a smoker and did not drink alcohol.

Kris Jenner, Robert Kardashian Sr., and Kourtney Kardashian.
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The eldest of his children, 40-year-old Kourtney Kardashian, shared a sweet photo set to her Instagram account around 12pm in California. "Happy Birthday to my Daddy."

The almost identical pictures show Kourtney and younger sister Kim Kardashian squeezing their father's neck as he kneels down so they were able to kiss his cheeks. These were the first two children Robert Sr. shared with his then-wife, Kris Kardashian-Jenner (née Houghton) . The pair married in July 1978 and later divorced in March 1991.

Robert Kardashian Sr.
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Kim Kardashian was next to post her sentiments on this special day.

"Happy Birthday dad!" she also wrote via Instagram. "Miss you beyond understanding. Wish you were here to see it all! ✨"

As of this writing, her sweet remembrance has almost 1.5 million likes and countless comments from family, friends, and fans alike.

Kardashian's only son, Robert Kardashian Jr., chose to celebrate his father's birthday on his Twitter account. "Happy birthday Dad!!💙💙" the tweet read, alongside a picture of both Kardashian men sporting long haircuts. We love the 90s!

Robert Kardashian Sr.
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Longtime Kardashian fans know that the death of Robert Sr. has had a profound impact on his youngest daughter, Khloé Kardashian. The 35-year-old Good American shared a beautiful slideshow to her Instagram story, containing photos of her father alone as well as ones with both herself and various members of their collective family.

During a 2017 episode of Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, Khloé brought with her a stuffed monkey that was a childhood toy of her father's.

"He always had it," Khloé said, "and when he was dying - we had a hospice at our home - and he kept asking for the monkey, the monkey's name is Jocko, and it was in his bed when he passed away."

If Robert were here today, we're sure he'd be immensely proud of Khloé for her strength and courage, of Kim as she pursues her dream of becoming an attorney, and of his entire family for the light they shine in a dark world.

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