Holly Willoughby and Phil Schofield reveal heartbreaking family loss live on This Morning

Holly Willoughby and Phil Schofield revealed a tragic This Morning family loss live on air, as one of their crew members sadly passed away.

The two presenters started the show with a tribute to Charlie, one of their crew members who died as a result of a long-term illness.

Phil told viewers: "We're starting with some very sad news about a member of our team."

Holly continued: "One of our long-standing crew members Charlie Hart passed away yesterday after battling a long-term illness."

"Charlie spent more than ten years with us at ITV and it wasn't just behind the cameras that he played an important role," Phil said. "Occasionally we even managed to tease him out in front of the camera, even appearing in our fashion items."

"Such a lovely guy," he continued. "We will really miss him, our thoughts are with all of Charlie's family and children and his grandchildren and his wife Tina."

Holly added: "We just want you to know that he will be sorely missed."

The tribute was shared on This Morning’s Twitter, alongside the caption: ‘Today we're remembering our lovely Charlie, who has sadly passed away after battling a long-term illness .’

Fans of the show were quick to send their condolences to the crew as well as Charlie’s family.

One wrote: “So sad. Breaks my heart I am sure watching over. You are much loved cared about valued appreciated respected. An inspiration. A role model. Sure be ever so proud of you all. Thinking of you. In thoughts and prayers. Sending love and best wishes xx”

Another wrote: “Oh that's sad news this morning! Thoughts are with his family at this sad time .”

A third added: “So sad much love to Charlie's family friends and everyone at this morning ”.

Our thoughts are with Charlie’s loved ones during this difficult time.

Mariana Cerqueira

Mariana is the managing editor of woman&home. She has previously worked for lifestyle titles including GoodtoKnow covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle - from the Royal Family, beauty and fashion to wellness and travel. She was nominated for AOP Digital Journalist of the Year in 2020, and for New Digital Talent of the Year at the 2016 PPA Digital Awards. She’s mildly obsessed with TV (reality TV shows included) and spends far too much time planning her next trip away.