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Catherine Addison-Swan

Holly Willoughby supported by co-stars as she shares heartbreaking family loss

Holly Willoughby has received an outpouring of support from her friends and co-stars after sharing news of a heartbreaking death in the family.

The This Morning star took to Instagram to pay a moving tribute to her late mother-in-law Sandra, beloved mum to her husband Dan Baldwin and grandmother to the pair's three children. Posting a smiley picture of herself alongside Sandra on a sunny day out, Holly wrote: "Sleep well Sandra… Nonna, Mother, Sister, friend.

"To know her was to know strength itself… Raising four children after losing her husband, she then lost a son and more recently her sister."

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The star went on: "Thank you for your guidance, advice and bottomless Prosecco. Thank you for raising the incredible man I’m married to… I see your strength every day in our children… Be at peace… Love you."

Holly's friends from the world of TV were quick to offer their condolences in the comments section. This Morning co-star Vanessa Feltz wrote: "I am so terribly sorry to hear of Sandra's passing. I had such a memorable conversation with her. She exuded wisdom kindness and warmth. Sending love to you Dan and the whole family."

Fellow presenter Kate Thornton said: "Beautiful words for a truly beautiful and remarkable woman. I’m so sorry she’s no longer with you. Sending my heartfelt condolences."

And Big Brother host Davina McCall added: "Aww I'm sorry Holly. Love to Dan and the kids too."

Holly returned to presenting duties on This Morning last month after an extended break, following the resignation of co-host Phillip Schofield that caused weeks of turmoil on the ITV show. She has since gone on to present the programme alongside Josie Gibson, Alison Hammond, Dermot O'Leary and Craig Doyle.

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