'Dancing With the Stars' Pro Cheryl Burke Mourns the Death of Her Father

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Cheryl Burke says her father, Stephen Burke, died earlier this month.

The 33-year-old professional dancer paid tribute to her dad in an Instagram post Monday amid a previously announced break from social media.

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The pro dancer will be back for Season 26 after her father-in-law's death.

"Dad, if I had one more chance to have you here with me today, I would do things differently. Every day I would tell you how much I love you," Burke captioned a throwback photo with her dad. "I miss you so much already."

"Rest In Peace Stephen Louis Burke April 13, 1950 - March 9, 2018," she added.

The Dancing with the Stars pro had said March 13 that she was taking a hiatus from Twitter and Instagram to deal with "some personal things."

"I'm dealing with some personal things right now and need to take a break from social media. Thanks for understanding and remember to tell the people who are important to you just how much you love them each and everyday," she wrote.

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Burke is the daughter of Stephen and Sherri Burke, who split when she was a child. She said during an appearance on Bethenny Frankel's talk show in 2012 that she had reconnected with her dad after a decade of estrangement.

"He got in a really bad accident, so for me, I was really wanting to reach out," the star explained. "It's comfortable and it's working."

By Annie Martin

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.

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