Strictly judge Shirley Ballas grief-stricken as beloved dad dies ‘suddenly’

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has revealed her beloved dad, George Andrew Rich, has died aged 83.

The professional choreographer, 60, announced her father died "suddenly," admitting she was struggling to "find the right words" to describe her grief.

Shirley shared a statement on social media on Sunday afternoon, announcing his death and sending her thoughts to her father's widow Liz.

"With sadness and a heavy heart my father George Andrew Rich fondly known as Andy, has passed away suddenly," she wrote.

"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 and her brother David were born in Merseyside, with her father and mother separating when she was young.

She began her dance career aged seven, eventually winning medals at local competitions and travelling to train in different parts of the country.

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