Strictly's Shirley Ballas reveals heartbreak as her dad dies aged 83 with 'so many things left unsaid'

STRICTLY Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has revealed her dad has died aged 83 with "so many things left unsaid".

The heartbroken dancer told fans her father George Andrew Rich passed away just two months before his 84th birthday.

Sharing pictures of him on Instagram, she wrote: "With sadness and a heavy heart my father George Andrew Rich fondly known as Andy, has passed away suddenly.

"My heart goes out to his wife Liz the love of his life who was with him for over 40 years and to all who knew him.

"It’s hard to find the right words at this moment, my father lost two sons in his lifetime and I hope you can all find each other in the after life.

"So many things left unsaid, RIP Dad you will be missed but not forgotten."

Shirley previously revealed her dog had helped following the death of her father and as she recovered from Covid.

Speaking to BBC Merseyside’s Tony Snell, she said: “I’m just getting over five weeks of the coronavirus and I've been on my own and Charlie has sat at my feet, snuggled and cuddled and just looked at me.

“I had the passing of my father in the last few days and it’s almost like he knows.

“I get emotional just talking about him. He is just really sincerely loyal, caring and kind. I have no words for my Charlie. 

“Other people will come and go but that dog will be here until he decides he wants to go to doggy heaven. For me he is my everything.”

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