Tom Bergeron’s father, Raymond Bergeron, died on Monday at 81, the host announced on that night’s Dancing with the Stars.
After taking a week away from the show to be at his dad’s bedside — tweeting, “He’s given me a lifetime of support. Time to return the favor” — Bergeron returned to the ballroom to share the sad news. He dedicated Monday’s episode to his father’s memory.
“My dad loved this show. Never missed an episode,” Bergeron said. “And I would ike to think that somewhere, he didn’t miss this one.”
The host also remembered his father on social media, calling him “The Best Man.”
My Dad, looking back on his life, had one word for all of his worries; “insubstantial.” Nicely said.
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) October 10, 2015