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Paula Abdul is mourning the death of her father, Harry Abdul, following his battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The former “American Idol” judge, 56, confirmed her father’s death in a series of heartfelt tweets Wednesday, writing, “My Father was, and always will be, my superhero.”
“Everyone loved my father. He had a heart of gold and carried his heart on his sleeve wherever he went, and shared it with everyone he came in contact with,” she wrote alongside a video of her kissing her dad on the cheek. “Isn’t it a beautiful gift that I still feel his spirit with me?”
In another tweet, the singer and dancer thanked everyone for their “heartfelt condolences.”
“Your love and support is comforting me during this difficult time,” she wrote, sharing several more snapshots with her dad and family.
Abdul has been an advocate for Alzheimer’s research, joining forces with The Brain Health Registry in 2016 to help fight the disease and find a cure.
She has also raised awareness by sharing her personal experience with Alzheimer’s.
“No one who suffers from Alzheimer’s gets to wear a T-shirt that says ‘I survived Alzheimer’s,'” Abdul said during an interview with New You Media in November 2016. “It’s the family members and friends that wear that shirt. It’s time there’s an end to this unforgiving disease.”
During the video, Abdul opened up about her and her sister Wendy’s fears of inheriting the disease: “Me and my sister are very aware and concerned that it can be passed down to us. On one hand we want to know and get tested. On the other hand, I don’t want to know.”
She reshared the video on Twitter in June 2018, writing, “ANY minute, ANY second, ANY MOMENT my dad recognizes me is SACRED.”
Abdul continued: “Everything becomes perfect for me if it’s only for a moment that my dad knows it’s me loving him more than anything else in the world.”
Abdul lost her father a little more than a year after her mother, Lorraine Abdul, died.
“With all my heart, I thank you all for your thoughtful, heart-filling messages. As usual, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for your kindness,” she wrote on Instagram on Jan. 18, 2018. “For those of you whose mothers are still with you, cherish her. For those of us whose mothers have gone on, isn’t it amazing how they never really leave us? I can still feel my mother’s love. It’s tangible & I cannot describe how significant, beautiful & meaningful that is for me.”
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