Loose Women panellists Christine Lampard and Gloria Hunniford had kind words to say for Denise Welch after she announced the death of her beloved father Vin Welch
Early on Wednesday’s show, panel anchor Christine Lampard addressed the sad news that Loose Women star Denise had lost her beloved dad Vin Welch on Tuesday.
Christine said: “Before we get started properly, we have to send all of our love to Denise who lost her beloved dad Vin last night.”
She then read Denise’s Instagram statement on her father’s death.
“We all know how close Denise was to her dad,” added Christine, “he was very much part of our Loose family as well so we just wanted to say we are thinking of you Denise and all of your family today.”
Panellist Gloria Hunniford also said: “Actually, Vin was a very special man, wasn’t he? Denise shared Vin with us on the programme as well. He was very special.”
Christine noted: “The wonderful stories, he made everyone laugh. And like we say, it’s been a very very tough time for Denise and all of her family, so yes we are thinking of you all.”
Fellow panellist Sunetra Sarke r added: “Sending love [kiss sound]”.
On Instagram on Wednesday morning, Denise wrote alongside a photo of her holding her dad’s hand: “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.”
She went on: “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.
She concluded: “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.”
She also wrote on Twitter : “My beloved dad left the party at 11pm last night surrounded by his loved ones. He touched the hearts of so many, even those who’ve never met him. I’m heartbroken. Nothing else matters [heart broken emoji, heart emoji]”.
*Loose Women airs on weekdays from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on ITV with previous instalments available on ITV Hub.