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John Partridge's mother dies after battle with Alzheimer's disease

John previously revealed that he took part in Celebrity Big Brother last year in order to pay to keep Bridget in a care home - which was costing a staggering £45,000 per year.

John Partridge was left devastated when his mother died three weeks ago after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

The former EastEnders star's mother Bridget was diagnosed with the condition in 2010, and has needed care ever since.

John previously revealed that he took part in Celebrity Big Brother last year in order to pay Bridget’s care home costs - which was costing a staggering £45,000 per year.

He said at the time: "My mum has Alzheimer’s, I pay for her care and it is expensive. The honest answer is I’m here to pay her bill.

"She did live with us as a family, and in March (15) we felt that we could no longer meet her needs, and she moved into a facility. That’s why I’m here. I’m not ashamed of it. I don’t care what people think."

But despite John's attempts to cover his mother's health costs, he revealed Bridget was penniless when she died, because having to cope with her disease had wiped her clean.

"Mum passed away three weeks ago with zero in her bank account. Zero," he said, during an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Thursday (11May17) to discuss the rising costs of private care. "I wish she had enjoyed the money. She saved for the wrong things, she saved for her family."

John finished sixth on his series of CBB but hated the experience of being in the house with so many outspoken celebrities including Stephanie Davis and Jeremy McConnell, who began their now infamously on-off romance during their time in the house.

Since Bridget's death, John has also had to sell her house in order to pay off her health bills, adding: "It was devastating. Mum worked so hard every day of her life. That was all she had."

John is now hoping that speaking out about his devastating situation will help others to realise they need to leave money to their children to cover any health issues they suffer from.

"My advice would be to parents to bequeath money to your children now otherwise you'll be left with nothing," he explained. "She would be heartbroken if she realised what had happened now."

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