Eamonn Holmes has revealed a heartbreaking loss in an emotional post on social media.
The TV presenter took to Instagram to pay tribute to a man who changed his life when he was just starting out his career, Mr Rory Fitzpatrick.
While he’s now a staple in daytime TV alongside his wife Ruth Langsford – especially during the summer break when the two are in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield – the 59-year-old didn’t start in a glamorous job.
Revealing that Mr Fitzpatrick gave him his first job as a farming report, Eamonn shared a picture of him holding a baby lamb and paid homage to his former boss.
Alongside the photo, he wrote: ‘I'm 19 in this pic. A Titan of a man gave me a job as a Farming reporter against all the odds. His name was Rory Fitzpatrick and he has passed away. I owe him it all. #RIPMr Fitzpatrick.’
Fans of the TV presenter were quick to send him their well-wishes and praise Mr on his eye for talent.
One said: ‘He did the right thing Eamonn he was a great judge of character, R.I.P Mr Fitzpatrick 💕💞 🙏’.
Another added: ‘He was clearly a great judge of journalistic talent.’
The sad news comes just a few weeks after Ruth lost her sister Julia, who passed away after a long illness.
After Ruth’s break from work, she returned to the This Morning set this week, which Eamonn decided to mark with a lovely post on social media.
He wrote alongside a sweet picture of them: ‘My partner is back in business. Please join us for This Morning on @itvfrom 10.30 for the next 7 , yes I said SEVEN , Weeks.👍😁
Summer is here ! 🌞☀️🌞☀️.’
Our thoughts are with Eamonn and Mr Rory Fitzpatrick’s family at this difficult time.
Mariana is the editor of My Imperfect Life. She has previously worked for lifestyle titles including GoodtoKnow covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle - from beauty and fashion to wellness and travel.
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