Denise Welch has revealed her father Vin has sadly died following a battle with pneumonia alongside his existing pulmonary fibrosis.
The 63 year old Loose Women panellist took to her Instagram feed to announce the news with her 282,000 followers, explaining how heartbroken she is by the loss.
Sharing a photo of her hand clasped around her father’s, she wrote in the caption: “The words I’ve dreaded saying all of my life.
“Last night at 11pm, we lost our dad, the life force that was Vin Welch. After making a miraculous recovery recently from major surgeries, pneumonia plus his existing pulmonary fibrosis was more than even he could take.”
Denise continued: “He left us surrounded by his family who could not have loved anyone more.
“I can’t quite function as I’m so grief stricken, but I know he meant so much to so many people, even those who’d never met him. I’ve never seen anyone fight to stay longer at a party than dad and last night was no different.
“He loved life and lived it to the full like no other.”
Denise ended her statement by thanking the hospital for all their care and help throughout his time there as she said: “The nurses in Ward 6 at Durham University hospital will forever be in our hearts as they gave dad the most peaceful passing anyone could wish for.
“They adored him and he them. Heather, Helen, Lauren, Naz, Chloe, Graham, Debs to name but a few. We will NEVER forget you.”