Hollyoaks actress and Loose Women presenter Denise Welch, 63, has taken to Instagram to mourn the death of her dad Vin Welch.
Denise said she is “grief striken” after Vin died in hospital following major surgeries and battling health issues.
The star said she was dreading the loss of her dad in an emotional post in view of her 282,000 followers.
She penned: “The words I’ve dreaded saying all of my life.
“Last night at 11pm, we lost our dad, the life force that was Vin Welch. After making a miraculous recovery recently from major surgeries, pneumonia plus his existing pulmonary fibrosis was more than even he could take.
“He left us surrounded by his family who could not have loved anyone more.
“I can’t quite function as I’m so grief stricken, but I know he meant so much to so many people, even those who’d never met him.
“I’ve never seen anyone fight to stay longer at a party than dad and last night was no different.
“He loved life and lived it to the full like no other.
“The nurses in Ward 6 at Durham University hospital will forever be in our hearts as they gave dad the most peaceful passing anyone could wish for.
“They adored him and he them. Heather, Helen, Lauren, Naz, Chloe, Graham, Debs to name but a few. We will NEVER forget you.
“Love you dad. Heartbroken.”
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