“Ducky Dynasty” star Willie Robertson shared an emotional, tear-filled video on his Facebook page after his close friend succumbed to cancer and went home to be with Jesus.
That friend was Rick Carone, a longtime employee of Robertson’s Buck Commander franchise.
“Today marks the end of a long battle for our good friend Rick Carone,” a post on the Buck Commander page, and shared by Robertson, explained. “Cancer may have taken Rick’s earthly body but now he is in heaven walking with Jesus! Rick inspired so many people and will forever be remembered as a fighter. See ya’ soon brother! We love you!”
The post featured a video of Carone and Robertson in a baptismal pool. In it, Robertson talks about Carone’s diagnosis and his desire to “make sure he is right for eternity.”
“No matter what, we’re going to be in eternity together,” Robertson says. He fights through tears to to get the words out before eventually baptizing Carone.
“It is with a heavy heart that our warrior, Rick Carone, was called home to be with the Lord early this morning on June 29, 2017,” an announcement on the Team Carone Facebook page says. “Rick was a fighter, and lover of life who helped anyone he came in contact with, and never let this disease be the definition of him. We will continue to spread his message to love one another and #ShutDownCancer to best of our abilities. We will always love, and deeply miss our dear friend/brother who inspired so many.”
Watch the emotional video below:
Today marks the end of a long battle for our good friend Rick Carone. Cancer may have taken Rick's earthly body but now he is in heaven walking with Jesus! Rick inspired so many people and will forever be remembered as a fighter. See ya' soon brother! We love you! #ShutDownCancerPlease keep Rick's family in your thoughts and prayers. #TBT – goes to the day he proclaimed Jesus as his savior. Team Carone
Posted by Buck Commander on Thursday, June 29, 2017