'I'll Miss You Forever' — Gymnast McKayla Maroney's Father Passes Away

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Jan. 16 2019, Updated 6:12 p.m. ET

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Retired U.S gymnast McKayla Maroney announced on Wednesday that her father, Mike Maroney, had died at the age of 59 on Tuesday, January 15.

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The gold medalist posted this photo of her and her dad on Twitter. She wrote a sweet but sad tribute to him alongside a pic of them hugging by their pool.

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She wrote, "Love u dad. I can't believe it's real. I don't want to."

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"I'll miss you forever. Rest in peace. You were the most incredible dad. ❤️?," she continued.

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Her brother Kav Maroney also shared a tribute to their dad on Instagram. He wrote, "Dad you taught me everything from how to walk to how to be a man and for that I thank you."

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He added, "Thank you for getting up at 4:30am for work and not coming home till 7 pm everyday for more then 20 years just to keep food on the table, and for us to have a great life. I’m the man of the house now and I promise to hold everything down. I promise. I love you and miss you."

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What are your thoughts on McKayla's tribute to her father? Sound off in the comments below.


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