Loose Women presenter Ruth Langsford has announced the devastating news that her sister, Julia Johnson, has passed away.
In an Instagram post, the TV star revealed that her older sister Julia, 62, died after a long illness, telling fans that her heart was 'completely broken' by the news.
Sharing a picture of herself and Julia, Ruth wrote, 'My lovely Sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken.
'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.'
Many of Ruth's friends and fans commented on the post to share their condolences. Coleen Nolan simply wrote, '💔Xxx', while Kate Thornton said, 'Oh Ruth, I’m so sorry to hear that. Thoughts are with you and sending all my love x'.
Just last month Ruth posted a photo of herself with her sister Julia and mum Joan on a day out at a park in Surrey, explaining that they'd had a 'wonderful visit'.
Joan, who was a landscape gardener, lived not far from her sister in Surrey, with her husband Paul and daughter Katie, 35.
It's understood that Ruth will be taking time off of her work commitments to grieve her sister, with The Sun reporting that she is, of course, in shock and heartbroken over the loss.
A source told the publication, "Ruth is utterly heartbroken and devastated to have found out her beloved sister Julia has died. She adored Julia. They were very close – speaking all the time on the phone and enjoying girls’ days out.
“Julia had been unwell for quite some time but this has shaken Ruth to the core.
“Eammon and son Jack are comforting her at home but Ruth is in deep shock. It’s absolutely heartbreaking for the whole family.”
All of our thoughts are with Ruth and her entire family as they go through this difficult time.