Carrie Ann Inaba's Father Dies, 'DWTS' Judge Struggled to Cope During Premiere

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By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
March 20, 2013|3:47 pm

Carrie Ann Inaba offered an upfront and honest recap of what actually happened during Monday's "Dancing With The Stars" season premiere.

The longtime judge on the popular ABC series divulged on her blog that her father, Rodney Y. Inaba, passed away just days before the premiere, creating a huge challenge.

"Last night was very emotional for me," revealed Inaba in a very personal blog posted to People.com on Tuesday.

"My father, Rodney Y. Inaba passed away this past Thursday morning and it's been a really challenging time. Losing a loved one is something that is so very hard to understand and cope with. I'm filled with a tremendous sadness but also a relief, for he is in a better place now," she wrote.

Inaba went on to honor her father's memory and thank him for everything he had given her, and admitted that she almost did not make the show on Monday.

"But I felt my father's spirit was with me last night, supporting me and cheering me on," she explained. "And I dedicated the show to him, in gratitude for all that he taught me about life; for his bravery, his courage, his huge heart and his love for the underdog."

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Furthermore, Inaba thanked her fellow "DWTS" judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, as well as other staff members at the show, for their love and support.

The judge will appear on the television series next week as 13 couples dance for a chance to win the season 16 Mirrorball trophy.

Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet have also returned for the 16th season, which will likely see many of today's hottest musical acts as guest performers.

"DWTS" airs on ABC Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST.

The reality television series first aired in 2005 and has captured America's interest with stiff competition and quality entertainment.

In the past, stars such as Julianne Hough, Kristie Alley, Maria Menounos, Pamela Anderson, and Jennifer Grey have appeared on "DWTS."

Furthermore, "DWTS" champion include "Bachelorette" star Trista Sutter, Evander Holyfield, Kelly Monaco, Drew Lachey, Harry Hamlin, as well as the show's host, Burke-Charvet, among many others.

 

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