“When I was a kid, my dad took us on one vacation to Warner Bros. Studios. He loved this business. He loved that I was in it. When he died, I saw this rainbow over the stage they named for me,” DeGeneres captioned a photo of a rainbow over her studio.
“My dad and me,” the comedian tweeted with a throwback picture of her, her dad and her brother Vance.
Fans were quick to send DeGeneres love on social media after the news broke.
“I’m so sorry for your loss. Even though he is gone, a part of him will always be with you,” one user tweeted on Thursday.