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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga is getting quite emotional about a flashback photo that she just posted of her late father.

Melissa's dad died when she was just 17, after his car hit a tree. And she clearly misses him, as she posts a photo on February 9 of her dad in his much younger years. Next to the pic of her dad, Melissa has included a photo of her six-year-old son Gino. 

"You think Gino looks like my father?" Melissa captions the side-by-side photos. "I can't even believe it... I cried for a second when I saw this :-)"

We can definitely see the resemblance between these two young men. Certainly, their hairdos are similar, and we love both of their smiles. 

Melissa has opened up in the past about her upbringing, as she has admitted that her father had cheated on her mother. Still, her dad clearly holds a special place in Melissa's heart to this day. 

Melissa has had her family on her mind quite a bit lately. Last week, she tweeted that her aunt has stage-four cancer and is starting chemotherapy treatment. We wish her aunt all the best.

Do you think that Melissa's dad and son look similar in these pics?

Source: Melissa on Instagram