She’s paid a touching tribute
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TV presenter Davina McCall has announced the incredibly sad news that her dad Andrew has passed away, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Masked Singer judge took to her social media accounts this afternoon (Thursday 3rd March), to reveal her dad’s passing has left an ‘enormous hole’ in her life.
Sharing a photo alongside Andrew, 54-year-old Davina wrote: ‘My Dad, Andrew, died on Monday night. He took a turn for the worse on Sunday but thankfully he wasn’t in pain. He was peaceful. I’m so grateful for that, and that we could be with him .. He was the best Dad I could ever wish for. My sister and I hit the jackpot.
‘He always made time for us, opened his ( and my amazing mummas) house to all our friends, temporarily adopted mates of mine that needed help. He was a facilitator, always helping people with intros … he knew EVERYBODY. And they ALL loved him! I can’t imagine how many careers and businesses were started because of him. The word legend has been used many times to describe my Dad. He was a bon vivante, loved life, positive to the very end… “it just works” was one of the last phrases he was able to say as Alzheimer’s robbed him of the power of speech. He lived life . He loved us. And we loved him . With all our hearts . He leaves an enormous hole in our lives.’ (sic)
Davina’s friends in the world of entertainment were quick to send their condolences after seeing the sad news.
Line of Duty actress Vicky McClure wrote: ‘I’m so sorry to hear this Davina. Sending you and your family all my love ♥️? xxx’. (sic)
Una Healy commented: ‘I’m so sorry for your loss RIP Andrew ?’, with Ben Fogle adding: ‘I’m so sorry Davina ️’. (sic)
Dame Kelly Holmes then wrote: ‘Oh no sorry to hear this @davinamccall Loss break the soul and much as the heart, but how wonderful to have so many amazing memories. Much love you you and your family ️’. (sic)
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Our thoughts are with Davina and her family at this sad time.
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