Paris' father Rick Hilton announced the passing of Monty Brinson, who was married to Paris' aunt Kim Richards for three years in the 1980s, in a post on on Sunday night (24Jan16).

He died aged 58 after a battle with lung cancer, and the hotel heiress has now shared a tribute to her beloved relative.

She shared a collage of snaps of Monty on Instagram, and added in a caption, "Heartbroken to hear the sad news of my Uncle @MontyBrinson's passing after his long brave battle with cancer. He was such an incredible man with such a huge heart. He was so insightful & positive about life, even with all he was going through. He always had a smile on his face & lit up the room with his positive energy & fun personality. He will be truly missed... My thoughts & prayers are with... his family... #RIPMontyBrinson."

Monty was married to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim for three years between 1985 and 1988 and they became parents to a daughter named Brooke.

The former couple remained close after the divorce.