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Laurie Hernandez breaks down on 'DWTS' after grandmother's death

The Olympic gymnast got teary after watching a tribute to her beloved grandmother.
/ Source: TODAY

The show must go on, and in the case of Laurie Hernandez on "Dancing with the Stars" it went on beautifully — though not without tears being shed.

The 16-year-old Olympic medalist danced the foxtrot with partner Val Chmerkovskiy on Monday night's show, but she had to wipe away tears after watching a video that aired just before she took to the stage.

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The video showed her embracing her grandmother, Brunilda Hernandez, who had died just a few days earlier.

"I'm very, very, very proud," Brunilda said to the camera. And then she told Laurie in the video, "When you come back, you show [the Mirrorball Trophy] to me."

A day after Laurie was interviewed for that segment, her grandmother passed away.

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During the show, Chmerkovskiy was there to lend a shoulder of support but Hernandez clearly had to wipe at tears more than once during their dance. At one point she even broke down in his arms.

Val lent Laurie a shoulder to lean on when she broke down.Eric McCandless / ABC via Getty Images

He posted a lovely tribute to both Laurie and her grandmother on Instagram after the show:

But we think Brunilda would still be very, very, very proud: Val and Laurie earned top scores from the judges.

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