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Ruth Langsford very grateful to fans for all messages of support after sister's death: Holmes

Grieving: Ruth Langsford
Grieving: Ruth Langsford
Ivan Little

By Ivan Little

TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has relayed a message of thanks from grieving wife Ruth Langsford to viewers who offered their sympathies after the death of her sister.

On ITV's This Morning yesterday the Belfast-born star said his wife (59), who has cancelled all appearances since her sister Julia Johnson passed away after a long illness, wanted him to pass on her gratitude.

He added: "Ruth wants me to say to all of you who have been in touch via social media and various messages that she is so grateful for everything that everybody has said.

"She can't reply to everything but she reads them all and it is much, much appreciated."

Eamonn also said Ruth wanted to thank This Morning's production team for their continued support

"Every one of them has been in touch," he added.

Earlier this month on the same programme Eamonn broke down as he tried to share the news. And yesterday Eamonn said that Rylan Clark-Neal, who stepped into Ruth's co-presentation role, was his wife's "chief counsellor".

He acknowledged that the former X Factor man been a huge source of comfort for Ruth.

Eamonn said: "I came in last night and couldn't have any communication with my wife for two-and-a-half hours.

Pointing to Rylan he said: "This man was on the phone to her. You are superb my friend, absolutely superb. You're a great counsellor."

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