Peta Murgatroyd mourns the death of her father, Derek, at age 81

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Peta Murgatroyd is mourning the loss of her father, Derek John Murgatroyd, after announcing that he passed away at age 81 on Thursday.

“To The Greatest Dad, my teddy bear. This is the end of our ride earth side,” the “Dancing With the Stars” pro captioned an Instagram post, which features photos of her and her dad enjoying a boat ride and another of her holding his hand on a hospital bed.

“Oh how I wish we could take this boat trip again. In the next life we will. This glance to each other was perfectly captured, you were so content, at sea where you were always meant to be.”

Peta added, “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.”

The Peta Jane Beauty founder, 36. said she “will hold the warmth” of her father’s hand “in my heart forever.”

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

Peta did not share Derek’s cause or manner of death.

After Peta’s announcement, several of her “DWTS” colleagues sent their condolences in the comments section of her post.

“Will never forget our jazz club night with him. Pure joy and happiness. ♥️,” wrote Jenna Johnson.

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

“Oh I’m so sorry for your loss friend. This is a beautiful post. My heart is with you. ❤️,” added Amanda Kloots.

“Peta my heart is with you. Our dads have a way with us. I get it. I’m so sorry babe. You made him proud happy and loved. 🖤,” wrote Lacey Schwimmer.

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