Eamonn Holmes thanks fans for 'kindness and compassion' after sister-in-law's death
Eamonn Holmes thanked fans for their "kindness and compassion" in the days following the death of his wife Ruth Langsford's sister.
It was announced last week that Ruth's sister, Julia, had died after a long illness.
The TV presenter, who fought back tears on Friday as he introduced This Morning without his wife by his side, expressed his appreciation on social media.
"I just wanted to say, if I haven't done so directly, thank you for your kindness and compassion towards Ruth and the loss of her sister Julia," tweeted the Belfast man.
"We both loved and cared for Julia with all our hearts and will miss her forever. Your love and kind words have been a great help. Thank you."
I just wanted to say , if I haven't done so directly,Thank u for your kindness and compassion towards Ruth and the loss of her sister Julia. We both loved and cared for Julia with all our hearts and will miss her forever. Your love and kind words have been a great help.Thank you— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) June 24, 2019
Ruth, who co-hosts the ITV morning programme on Fridays alongside Holmes, was replaced Rylan Clark-Neal for last week's show.
She told her fans she is taking time out to grieve with her family.
ITV confirmed she will take a step back from presenting duties as a regular host on This Morning and on lunchtime programme Loose Women.
Ruth, 59, posted a picture of herself with her sister on social media on Thursday, showing them sitting in a field and smiling, with their arms around each other.
She said: “My lovely sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken.
"She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever.”
My lovely Sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken. She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever. As I am sure you will appreciate I need to take time to grieve with my family. Thank you for your understanding. pic.twitter.com/o6jMtIqMg4— Ruth Langsford (@RuthieeL) June 20, 2019
Many of Langsford’s colleagues and friends shared their condolences at the time, including Gemma Atkinson, who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing with her in 2017.
Atkinson tweeted: “I’m so sorry Ruth. Sending lots of love to you all.”
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