Eamonn Holmes pays emotional tribute to late broadcaster Gay Byrne

The TV presenter passed away on Monday

Eamonn Holmes has paid tribute to a fellow Irish broadcaster, following his death.

The This Morning presenter took to Instagram to share a heartwarming post of himself and Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne.

Gay – also known as Gabyo – passed away on Monday, at the age of 85.

Eamonn’s throwback photo showed the pair singing together on stage.

It read, ‘RIP Gay Byrne. Irish legend, talk show king. The broadcaster I always wanted to be. For the final time, goodnight.

A number of fans decided to pay their respects to the veteran presenter by commenting on Eamonn’s post.

One said, ‘He helped change the face of Ireland in so many ways – RIP Gaybo.’

While another wrote, ‘Rest in peace Gaybo – end of an era. A true gentleman.’

Another emotional user commented, ‘RIP Gaybo, memories of my childhood.’

The renowned star hosted the Late Late Show for more than 30 years – cementing his position as one of the leading Irish broadcasters of his era.

He also presented a long-running radio show – first known as the Gay Byrne Hour and then later as the Gay Byrne Show.

Shortly after his death it was announced that the Late Late Show would be holding a special live edition to pay homage to the icon.

Gay was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2016 and had been receiving treatment.

His family confirmed that he had passed away at home, surrounded by his wife Kathleen and their daughters Crona and Suzy.

In a statement, they said, ‘We wish to thank everybody for their love and support during Gay’s illness, particularly the wonderful teams in the Mater Hospital, St Francis Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society.’

Further tributes for the star have been pouring in on social media. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and former Ireland footballer Paul McGrath are just a few names to post heartwarming messages about Gay.

Our thoughts are with Gay’s family at this difficult time.

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