Lord of the Dance star Michael Flatley has paid tribute to his later father describing him as his "hero".
The dancer announced the death of his father Michael James Flatley on Twitter earlier today.
"My dear father Michael James Flatley passed away yesterday. He was my hero, my heart is broken. I love you Dad," Flatley posted.
The dancer posted a collage of touching images of his father in the tweet.
Social media users have been extending their sympathies to Flatley following the announcement.
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Michael Flatley and his lovely wife Niamh will be at the top table in Cork this Friday at the Rochestown Park Hotel. I suppose this is nothing new, because down the road in their sumptuous 18th-Century home Castlehyde, Mr & Mrs Flatley are at - or perhaps knowing The Lord Of The Dance's world-famous libido on - the top table every night. Only joking.