This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes, 60, addressed the family’s tough time after Ruth Langford’s sister Julia was found dead at her home in June. It is believed she had been battling depression for a number of years.
Opening up about the tragedy, the broadcaster said: “There have been a lot of issues affecting us personally, which we just have to get through.”
He added to Woman’s Own: “The family need our help and support at this time. Ruth’s life was turned completely upside down when she lost her sister in June.
“It was a sudden death. It’s still very raw.”
Last month, a coroner ruled that Julia had died after taking her own life.
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The father-of-four said the pair tend to spend time apart at Christmas, due to their families living in separate areas.
Eamonn’s family are predominantly based in Belfast, while Ruth’s are in Surrey.
Speaking to OK! Magazine last month, he said: “I was planning to fly back to Belfast, as it’s not uncommon for Ruth and I to spend Christmas apart with our own families.
“But it’s barely six months since the sudden death of Ruth’s sister so I need to be here for her.”