‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro Peta Murgatroyd mourns her father after his death

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Dancing with the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd has paid a touching tribute to her late father, Derek John Murgatroyd, who just passed away.

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Derek died at age 81 on December 29, and Peta has made it known that he’ll always be missed in a Thursday post on Instagram.

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“To The Greatest Dad, my teddy bear. This is the end of our ride earth side,” Peta, 36, captioned two photos.

One photo was a throwback of Peta and her father enjoying a boat ride, and the second image was of the pro dancer holding her dad’s hand in the hospital.

“Oh how I wish we could take this boat trip again. In the next life we will,” Peta continued in her post.

“I know though that you will continue to ride with me until I see you again. I hope I made you proud these 36 years. You were my everything and I will miss you until my days here are done. I will hold the warmth of your hand in my heart forever.”

“Always your ‘darling baby girl,’ as you would say,” Peta concluded. “I love you until the 12th of never. Forever Daddy’s Girl.”

Many members of the Dancing with the Stars family commented with well wishes and their condolences.

Peta’s husband replied with a broken-heart emoji, and Sharna Burgess told Peta that her father will “always” be with her.

Peta has been married to Maksim since July 2017, and they welcomed their first child together, a son named Shai Aleksander, about six months earlier in January 2017.

Peta luckily had her father for support during some of the most challenging times in her life.

Peta opened up in June about having suffered three miscarriages in two years when trying for her second child.

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In addition to Peta’s fertility struggles, she and Maksim went through another challenging time earlier this year when Maksim had to flee Ukraine in late February after Russia’s invasion of the country.

It took over a week for Maksim to return home to the United States and reunite with his worried wife.

Peta’s sister-in-law Jenna Johnson, who is married to Maksim’s younger brother Val Chmerkovskiy, wrote on Peta’s post about her deceased father, “Will never forget our jazz club night with him.”

The expectant mother added, “Pure joy and happiness.”

Alan Bersten commented, “Oh Peta I am so sorry for your loss. You have definitely made him proud. Sending you so much love.”

And Lindsay Arnold wrote the following: “Love you so much Peta. Sending love and prayers your way.”

Even The Bachelor alums Hannah Brown and Catherine Giudici touched base with Peta to express how sorry they were.

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Peta joined Dancing with the Stars in 2011 for Season 13 and has participated in 14 seasons total, two of which she had won the mirrorball trophy with celebrity partners Donald Driver and Nyle DiMarco.

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On Dancing with the Stars’ 31st season on Disney+ this past Fall, Peta and her celebrity partner Jason Lewis were unfortunately the first pair eliminated from the competition.

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Elizabeth Kwiatkowski

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.

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