Eamonn Holmes, 62, took to social media on Friday afternoon to share the heartbreaking news that his mother, Josie, has died aged 93.
The TV presenter shared a poignant photograph of his mother waving from her front door together with the caption: “My 4 amazing brothers and I said goodbye for the last time to our beautiful Mum Josie this afternoon.
“She’s finally reunited with Daddy now. That’s our only consolation.
“We loved and can miss her a lot. Each time I visited her, she got here to the door to bless me with holy water and wave goodbye.
A whole lot of Eamonn’s friends and fans flocked to the comments to pay their respects.
BBC News host Huw Edwards added: “Love and sympathy.”
While singer Jo O’Meara wrote: “Sending a lot like to you and your loved ones Eamonn.”
And Katie Price echoed: “I’m so sorry to listen to this sending you like xx.”
Eamonn had a detailed relationship along with his mother and once described her as his “hero”.
Paying tribute to her on International Women’s Day earlier this 12 months, he shared a sweet photograph and penned: “Suffice to say … She gave birth to me, she formed the person I’m.
He also admitted that he would spend Christmas away from his wife Ruth Langsford, 62, in order that they might each be with their elderly moms.
He told Woman and Home magazine last 12 months: “We’ve this issue now, in that we’ve got a sea dividing us.
“We regularly have a dilemma of whether I’m going to Belfast, whether Ruth comes with me.
“But Ruth desires to be together with her mum. My mother is 93 this 12 months. It’s easier for us often to be apart.”
Eamonn sadly lost his father, Leonard, 31 years ago when he suffered a heart attack on the age of 65.
Leonard was driving with Josie and their younger son Conor when he became unwell suddenly and pulled over on the road.
Writing in his 2006 autobiography, This Is My Life, Eamonn explained that Josie had managed to flag someone down who could call for help. But, sadly, by the point the ambulance arrived it was too late.
He heartbreakingly wrote: “At sixty-five years old, before he could retire from work and spend many more days with Mum, a heart attack had taken my dad away from us.”