Fern Britton announces heartbreaking news that her mother has passed away

TV presenter Fern yesterday announced the upsetting news that her mother, Ruth, had passed away at the age of 94.

The former This Morning host paid a touching tribute to her beloved mum, when revealing the news that she had died on Tuesday.

In a sweet Twitter post, she lauded her mother's many achievements - calling her 'brave', 'funny' and 'ferocious'.

She wrote, 'My Mum. Ruth. Both mother and father to me. Funny, ferocious, and a woman once met, you couldn’t forget. 24.1.24 / 17.4.18 . So brave and uncomplaining. An army sergeant WW2, beauty queen, teacher, and all woman. ❤❤❤'

Alongside the post, Fern also shared a heartwarming picture of her late mother, wrapped up in a purple outfit.

A wave of Fern's celebrity friends were quick to send their condolences to the TV star.

Clare Balding commented on Fern's announcement, revealing that she too has suffered a family loss recently. Sharing that her partner Alice's mum has just passed away, Clare wrote, 'Oh Fern, we feel your pain. Alice lost her beloved mum on Saturday. Huge hugs and love to you.' The presenter also shared a touching poem with Fern.

Fellow sports presenter Gaby Roslin also wrote, 'Oh @Fern_Britton sending so much love my darling. My deepest sympathies and love to you and your family.'

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Mum-of-four Fern went on to thank her followers for their kind messages. In a post, she said, 'Thankyou got all your kind and thoughtful messages. The kindness of strangers is not to be under valued, With love. Xxx'

Fern Britton later shared a a picture of a vegetable garden, which had been planted in tribute to her mother. It seems Ruth also spent some time under the care of the NHS, with Fern also thanking them for all they had done for her mother. She wrote, 'Broad Beans in memory of my mum who never ate a green veg in her life! 😂😂. Ps Thankyou @NHSEngland for all your loving care. #ThankGodForTheNHS'

Fern hadn't previously revealed whether her mother was suffering from an illness, so the reason behind her death is not clear.

In the past, the 60-year-old has spoken often about her close bond with her mother Ruth, revealing that she brought her up on her own, as her father, the actor Tony Britton, wasn't around.

Speaking to the Guardian, she shared, "My dad wasn't around when I was a child – it was just me, my mum and my older sister, Cherry.

"We were a theatrical family even without Dad around. Mum was very glamorous – she and my sister were extremely keen on dressing up and makeup."

Praising her mother for teaching her resilience, Fern also said, "My mum has always been a very strong person and as a child I absorbed her example of how you can exist on your own. How you don't need a man to validate your life. When I split up from my first husband I wasn't scared to be on my own."

Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist specialising in homes, interiors and hobbies. She began her career working as the features assistant at woman&home magazine, before moving over to the digital side of the brand where she eventually became the Lifestyle Editor up until January 2022. Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards in 2019 for her work on womanandhome.com.