Denise Welch heartbroken as father Vin dies following pneumonia battle

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."

She added: "Love you dad. Heartbroken," followed by a red heart emoji and a broken heart emoji.

Celebrity friends were quick to share their condolences as Ruth Langsford wrote: "So, so sorry Denise….he was a one off and there’s going to be one hell of a party in heaven. I know your heart is breaking but grief is the price we pay for love. You will carry him with you always. RIP Vin," followed by a black heart emoji.

Sami Longchambon posted a broken heart emoji and praying hands emoji as she said: "sending the tightest hugs Den x".

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Sally Dyvenor chimed: "Den, what an incredible man he was. Such a beautiful soul. He will be forever in our hearts. Love you xxxx".

While Love Island's Amy Hart added: "So sorry Denise," with three red heart emojis.

In May this year, Denise appeared on Loose Women and broke down as her father was in hospital in Newcastle.

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"My dad has really struggled in lockdown like many people after being such a social person and has been really, really poorly," she explained.

"As his health has declined over this last year he has really struggled with not being able to have people round to the house to do certain things as regards banking and things like that."

Fighting back tears, she continued: "My dad actually is in…is in hospital in Newcastle and I just want to say I love you, Dad. Sorry, honestly…"

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