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February 13, 2019

Dr. Oz mourns the loss of his father by sharing a touching tribute to him

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Dr. Mehmet Oz of the "Dr. Oz Show" lost his father over the weekend. He posted a touching tribute on Instagram honoring the man who inspired him to be a doctor. 

Dr. Mustafa Oz passed away at age 93 at a hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. According to the show's website, he died from kidney failure. 

Mehmet shared a series of pictures of his later father. In the first, he sat next to his wife. Another picture featured Mehmet standing alongside both his parents.

He wrote in the caption: 

"My dad passed away today at the age of 93. Dad changed everyone who met him. I remember as a child running behind his fast-moving legs while he made hospital rounds."

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The last two pictures were black and white photographs of Mehmet's father in a car and another of him sitting with his wife in a yard with a baby between them. 

Mehmet continued the caption: 

"Even as he aged and his legs no longer raced along, his mind never slowed down. I fell in love with medicine after witnessing my dad do sometimes painful procedures on desperately sick patients who subsequently thanked him for saving their lives."

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He revealed a powerful lesson he had learned from his father: 

"The opportunity to help is a powerful aphrodisiac and the responsibility to act should not be squandered, so he insisted that he and his children were “The Best”, a contagious admonition."

On Sunday, Mehmet added another picture of his dad to his Instagram. This time, he shared a tribute of determination and promised to continue fighting.

He wrote: 

"Dad, we are all the shoulder of the serpentine obstacle course that you weathered for over 93 years so you take the straight and wide boulevard to heaven that you earned for every minute of your hard-fought life. Enjoy the sweet journey while we earn your respect by fighting the battles that mattered to you."

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A picture of Mustafa wearing a cozy jacket and scarf accompanied the caption. Both comment sections were littered with condolences and well-wishes.

Mustafa's granddaughter Daphne also posted a photo as she grieved over her grandfather's death. In the caption, she described him as "a brilliant surgeon, filled with the most relentless work ethic and pursuit of perfection."

Mustafa was born in Bozkir, a farming village near Konya, Turkey. He graduated in 1950 from CerrahPasha Medical School and began his residency at Cave Wester Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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He received training at Atlanta's Emory University. Later on, he worked at highly acclaimed hospitals in Turkey including Florence Nightingale. He loved playing backgammon and enjoyed listening to Turkish folk music.

Mehmet described his father's temperament as "the grit of a warrior and temper of a tornado." He is survived by his wife, sons Mehmet and Nazlim and his daughter Seval.

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His granddaughter, Daphne is perhaps the most well-known among his famous son's four children. She's also following in her father and grandfather's footsteps.

The 32-year-old graduated from Princeton University and has written quite a few books on healthy eating. Additionally, she was a co-host for ABC’s food talk show, "The Chew."

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Another star's parent who passed away was Faith Hill's father Ted Perry. At 88, he died last week in New York. Husband Tim McGraw shared the news along with some heartwarming words about his father-in-law. 

Along with a video montage of Perry, McGraw wrote: 

"He was the sweetest, kindest most gentle man I’ve ever known. No man in my life has ever made such an impact on me as to how to be a human, a father and a friend. I’ll never, in 10 lifetimes, be able to live up to his example, but man, he has set a mark that all of us should strive for."

We send our condolences to both families who must be going through an intense heartbreak right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with them to get through the pain.

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