Eamonn Holmes has opened about how Ruth Langsford has struggled with guilt after her sister’s death.
Ruth’s sister Julia sadly passed away back in 2019, following a long battle with depression.
Speaking of how Ruth is still dealing with the tragic loss of her sister, Eamonn told the Daily Star, “It’s just the unanswered questions. I mean, I experienced the sudden death of my father and there are a lot of loose ends, things where you wonder, what were your last words? What way did you last deal with that person?
“Sudden death is a very, very difficult thing to deal with, and with Julia you know, she was just the most lovely, gentile, kind person.
“I often used to joke to her and Ruth that I got the wrong sister, but she was a lovely, lovely person – tortured by mental depression.
“Ruth was very caring, very loving to her and I think there can often be a guilt when you think, ‘Should I have been there? Where was I?’.”
“You can’t press the rewind button and what I would honestly say is that we were always very supportive.
“We were a loving family, Ruth could not have done more for her sister, and I think you know, it takes a lot of getting over that, a lot of getting over.”
Ruth announced that her sister had died back in June 2019. She wrote at the time, ‘My lovely sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken.
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‘She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever. As I am sure you will appreciate I need to take time to grieve with my family. Thank you for your understanding.’
Following her death, the coroner ruled that Julia’s death was suicide, after hearing she had been suffering from depression.
If you’re struggling with depression or need emotional support, please call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.