Richard E. Grant's wife has died aged 72—'our hearts are broken'

Richard E. Grant's wife of 35 years, Joan Washington, has died

Richard E. Grant's wife dies—'Our hearts are broken'
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Richard E. Grant's wife, Joan Washington, has died at the age of 72. 

The English actor confirmed the tragic news in a touching tribute post to his life partner of nearly four decades. Taking to Instagram to honor Joan, Richard posted a heartwrenching video of the couple slow dancing together at home. 

"Our hearts are broken with the loss of your Life last night," the Oscar-nominated actor captioned the clip. "35 years married and 38 together. To be truly known and seen by you, is your immeasurable gift. Do not forget us, sweet Monkee-m." 

Richard also called Joan the "Love of my Life" as well as the "giver of Life to our daughter Olivia". 

The post was quickly flooded by messages of condolences, with fans and celebrity friends alike sharing their sincerest sympathies and fond memories of the late vocal coach. 

"Richard I am heart broken for you and your family. I’ve had the honour of working with Joan, an incredible and talented woman. Thinking of you on this very sad day love Charlie," wrote fashion photographer Charlie Gray. 

"Oh richard. My deepest condolences. Sending you and Olivia much love and strength. Joan was an amazing women. I’m so sad to see this. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️" said Jamestown actor Max Beesly. 

Richard first met Joan, who was eight years his senior, when he hired her to help him perfect a Belfast accent for a film role. At the time, the dialect expert was married to someone else, but the two reconvened again when she asked him for help on one of her own projects. 

They went on to marry in 1986 and welcome a daughter, Olivia. 

Emma Dooney
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