Eight months after losing her stepfather Sam Ramker, Lauren Alaina is remembering her father figure with a loving message for his birthday.
Lauren shared a smiling photo of her and her stepdad together along with a Happy Birthday wish.
“Happy birthday Sam,” she wrote. “We miss you everyday but especially today. I hope they’re throwing you a big party up there with a punny theme just like I would if you were still here. We love you so much. 🏍.”
Lauren’s stepfather was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in March 2018. The cancer invaded his liver, lungs, pelvis, sciatica, lumbar spine and thoracic spine. After months of battling the disease, Sam passed away in the early morning hours on Sunday, October 21.
Lauren took to Instagram to share the news of his passing, along with a beautiful story of his final day on earth.
“My stepdad, Sam, went to heaven at one o’clock this morning. He was the purest example of how to love and live life fully. His last few hours were some of the most amazing moments I know I will ever have the privilege of witnessing,” she began. “He opened his eyes last night. They shined the brightest I’ve ever seen anyone’s eyes shine, and he said, “Jesus.” We said, “What do you see Sam?” He said, “It’s so beautiful.” Mom asked him who he saw and he told her a bunch of people, including his mama. He later said, “I love you all. I found it.” My mom asked him what he found and he said, “Heaven. I’ve got to go.” An hour later he went to be with the Lord.”
Lauren’s new boyfriend, comedian John Crist, commented on her post with three red hearts. Lauren revealed that she was dating the comedian on the Bobby Bones Show, bringing him into the studio. She ended her six year relationship and engagement to boyfriend Alex Hopkins in December 2018. The couple have remained amicable after their split.