Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans pulled out of his live Thursday morning show, after learning of the news that his mother had passed away, just before going on air.
The news that his 92-year-old mother Minnie Beardsall had passed away was revealed by Chris’s colleague Vassos Alexander in an emotional statement, leaving fans of the radio host in tears.
Vassos, who usually reads the sports news, stepped in at 7am to share some words from Chris himself, explaining why he wasn’t on the show.
He said, “Chris isn’t here. He has been here. But he had to go just before we went on air. But he’s left a note for me to read out on air. This is very difficult because he is one of my best friends.”
Beginning, the note read, “Good morning, says Chris. The reason I’m not with you today is because just before I came on air my mum passed away and I needed to go straight back home to be with my family.
“But it’s all okay, in fact it’s very okay. Mum needed to be at peace.
“Moreover she needed to be at peace for some time now and as she has throughout her life in death she has brought us together. She was an incredible woman.”
The moving statement continued, “Anyone who has ever met her will tell you that an ultimately there was no battle lost only a life won. Every single day.”
It was also revealed that Chris would be returning to his regular radio duties as soon as tomorrow (Friday). He said, “I’ll be back tomorrow. If mum had the first idea I might not have shown up today because of her she would have been furious. I hope you have a lovely Thursday. See you tomorrow”.
Fans online sent their well-wishes to the popular radio DJ, and praised his ‘beautiful’ tribute to his beloved mother.
One wrote, ‘Crying at @BBCRadio2 such a lovely letter 💓sending love to Chris Evans and his family.’
While another commented, ‘Dear @ChrisEvans we the listeners are all with you, giving you the biggest hug ever. @BBCRadio2 #bbcradio2’
Chris Evans is known to have had a close relationship with his mother, who he also shared with his other two siblings, David and Diane.
In the past, he had described Minnie as ‘hard as nails’, revealing that she had survived breast cancer and the death of his father all while raising three children.
As of yet, it has not been confirmed how 92-year-old Minnie passed away.
The sad news also comes just days after Chris shared that his wife, Natasha Shishmanian, was expecting twins, after going through IVF treatment. Chris already has three children.