Cheryl Burke has been taking a break from social media but returned to announce some devastating news about her family: Her father, Stephen Louis Burke, has died. She didn’t announce it, but his death actually happened a few days before she revealed she was logging off all social media to handle “some personal things.”
Burke returned to Instagram on Monday to post a photo of her father kissing her forehead as a young girl along with a sweet tribute to him.
“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. I miss you so much already,” she wrote in the caption. “Rest In Peace Stephen Louis Burke.”
Burke’s friends wrote sweet notes to her in the comments section, showing their love and support during what has to be an unfathomably difficult time for the Dancing with the Stars pro and her family. “Sending you all my love Sugar Plum,” Kym Herjavec wrote.
Catherine Lowe added, “I’m so sorry Cheryl :(”
This news came just days after Burke posted a note to fans explaining that she was taking a hiatus from social media.
“I’m dealing with some personal things right now and need to take a break from social media,” she wrote last week on March 13. “Thanks for understanding and remember to tell the people who are important to you just how much you love them each and everyday [sic].”
We now know Burke posted that note four days after her father died. Our hearts go out to her and her family during this time.