Lala Kent’s Dad Passed Away & The ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Shared The Tragic News In A Heartbreaking Post

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A member of the Vanderpump Rules cast has lost a loved one. Lala Kent's father, Kent Burningham, has passed away. On Monday, April 23, the Pump Rules star posted a video and a heartbreaking message about her family's recent loss on Instagram. In the clip, Lala plays with a Snapchat filter while riding around in a car with her family.

She wrote in the caption,

According to Page Six, Burningham died on Saturday, April 21. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Burningham; his daughter, Lala; and his son, Easton Burningham. A source claimed to Page Six that he passed away "suddenly and unexpectedly." The source also told Page Six that he reportedly died in his sleep. The source added that Lala wants to "[set] up a fund in his name for the Humane Society of Utah." What a beautiful and moving tribute that would be to her father.

When Monday evening's episode of Pump Rules aired, Lala's co-star Kristen Doute tweeted,

Nothing but love to Lala and her family during this difficult time. You can see her devastating post below.

In March, something happened that prompted Lala to tweet that she was thankful that her father was coming home. She wrote, "Today I feel happy. I feel blessed. I feel grateful. Welcome home, dad. You're my champion." Lala did not tweet anything else about it (and she does not have to; her personal life should and can be as private as she wants it to be), but a fan did note that Lala did make mention of a family emergency.

Lala's parents were married for over three decades, and their resilient relationship has shaped the Pump Rules star's views on marriage. As she explained to Heavy in 2015,

Lala also told the site that her immediate family is an incredibly tight-knit unit. She said,

Lala has tweeted time and time again about her family and how much they mean to her. During Pump Rules Season 4 — her first season on the reality series — she wrote, "My family is proud of me and will support me through anything & errythang — 4 those of u who are wondering how they feel about my 'behavior.'"

The SUR hostess's heartfelt tweets about how important her father is to her make for a heart-rending read now. "My dad man," Lala posted in 2016. "He's an incredible father. Always loyal. Always faithful & good to my beautiful mother. They don't make them like him anymore."

And in 2017, she tweeted,

Again, all of the love and condolences to Lala and her family.