Questlove attends the Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert at Madison Square Garden on December 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images).

Questlove attends the Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert at Madison Square Garden on December 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images).

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Questlove’s father, Lee Andrews, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 79, and Questlove took to Instagram to pen a beautiful open letter to his father after his loss.

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In the letter, Questlove called his father “the Greatest Teacher in my life” and went on to thank him for all the moments in their lives but especially “for the last 2 conversations we had.”

“I understand why you were so hard on me praying I didn’t succumb to a fate not meant for a teenager in west Philly in the mid 80s,” he wrote. “I didn’t understand it at the time. But I appreciate it now.”

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Lee was best known as the lead singer for Lee Andrews and The Hearts, the Philly Duwop group that rose to success in the late 1950’s.

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Read the touching tribute below:

The Greatest Teacher in my life, my dad Lee Andrews June 2nd 1936-March 16 2016. I love you. For every backstage experience. For every drum lesson. For giving me your tireless work ethic. For our father & son record binging expeditions. For our arguments over the summer I discovered #ItTakesANationOfMillions. For the look on your face when I told you "imma give this rap thing a try" (I waited til our 2nd album to have this convo btw) For the look on your face 5 years later when I told you "you don't have to work no more. For the look on your face when a year later I was like "Seriously dad, you don't have to work anymore!" For bringing my mom & my sister into my life. For the years we fell out. For the years we put it back together. But really, for the last 2 conversations we had. I understand why you were so hard on me praying I didn't succumb to a fate not meant for a teenager in west philly in the mid 80s. I didn't understand it at the time. But I appreciate it now. I hope Donn & I do you proud. #LeeAndrewsAndTheHearts

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