Vanessa Bauer has shared several sweet photos and videos of her father, as the Dancing On Ice professional skater paid tribute to him.
An emotional Vanessa wrote: "Last week I lost my dad. It hurts so much but dad always wanted us to chase our dreams and goals and never get distracted from how difficult things were at home – for the past 6 years…
"I didn’t speak about what we were going through since seeing us fulfil our dreams gave my dad strength while battling one therapy after another…
"He was in pain but he was ready to fight, he certainly wasn’t ready to leave, at all," she began.
"I wanted you longer in my life but don’t worry dad, I’ll stop crying and continue to dream bigger, work harder and find happiness like you always wanted us to."
The Dancing on Ice pro confirmed his death was due to a previous cancer diagnosis, which he had been unwell with for six years.
She praised modern cancer treatments and urged her followers to look after their health, saying: "Cancer causes, courses, therapies etc are so different and complex.
"I'm not a doctor but I know that our lifestyle choices can prevent some types of cancer, so I’ll keep encouraging you to take care of your body as you only have one. Dad always dreamed, “one day there will be some sort of vaccine for cancer.”’
She finished off the emotional post by thanking health workers and scientists
Vanessa’s friends and followers sent their love and support in response to her sad news.
James Jordan, who won the show back in 2019, wrote: "I’m so sorry for your loss Vanessa. It hurts like mad but remember, as you said your dad would want you to chase your dreams – and never forget how proud he was. May he RIP."
Emmerdale’s Joe Warren-Plant, who Vanessa was partnered with earlier this year before they had to leave due to Joe contracting Covid, said: "So sorry for your loss Vanessa. Sending all my love to you and the family."
While Trisha Goddard penned: "Oh sweetheart! So, so sorry for your loss. Sending you lots and lots of love, and yes… Cancer is a total b***h. You are a credit to your dad and his spirit lives on in you. Much love."
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