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Kaley Cuoco Pays Tribute To Comedian John Ritter On 17th Anniversary Of His Tragic Death

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By Mike Walters

Kaley Cuoco is paying tribute to one of the most legendary actors, John Ritter, on the 17th anniversary of his tragic death -- and the actress says she is thankful he still makes her laugh all these years later.

The 'Big Bang Theory star posted the tribute on Instagram which included a black and white photo of them from the set of '8 Simple Rules' a show Ritter was working on when he suddenly passed away.

"Can’t believe you have been gone 17 years... thank you for continuing to me make me laugh every single day 💜💜 #johnritter" Kaley wrote.

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'Thank You For Continuing To Make Me Laugh Every Single Day'

Celebrity friends of Cuoco posted comments on the heartbreaking post, including Ashley Tisdale who posted, "💕💕."

Fans of the legendary comedian also posted messages in reaction to Kaley's photo and tribute, with one saying, "I can’t believe its been 17 years either. I remember like it was yesterday. I grew up watching John Ritter on Three’s Company as a kid. My mom said she used to lay in bed laughing because I was laughing out loud to the show late into the night. 💜"

Another added, "That episode of 8 Simple Rules broke my heart. You all did an amazing job to honor his memory ❤️."

Kaley Cuoco Pays Tribue To Legendary Actor John Ritter

"Truly a gem to the world. What a joy it was to watch him entertain us all for the years we got with him. Sending love to you and his family ❤️,' one fan wrote.

If you were around when Ritter tragically passed, you will agree with this fan, "I cried when I found out he passed away. I don't cry often over celebrities but he was one I cried. Sad news that day."

Kaley Cuoco has spoken candidly about her '8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter' co-star in the past including how working with him prepared her for leading acting roles in the future.

Kaley Cuoco: He Taught Me What It Was Like To Be A Leader

“Even though I only spent a year with him, that changed the course of my personal life and my career. I knew I wanted to make people laugh forever after working with John. That year really changed me in every way," she told Today.

Only two years after “8 Simple Rules” aired its final episode, Cuoco was cast on the “The Big Bang Theory."

As we reported, the actress is now filming her newest show, 'Flight Attendant' and she reflected on things she learned from Ritter that prepared her for a leading role. “The tone and feel of a stage come from your number one — however that person acts and responds is how everyone else is going to respond. Watching [John] with everybody was like a light. It was the happiest place to be. I feel that way on 'Flight Attendant,' because this is the first time I truly feel like I’m leading the pack. He taught me what it’s like to be a leader and to lead a show. He taught me a lot.”

R.I.P.

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