Hollyoaks star Richard Blackwood has spoken of his heart break after his mum died following a battle with cancer.
The actor, who plays Felix in the Channel 4 soap, shared the devastating news on Instagram alongside pictures of them together.
His mum Juliet Giscombe, who had cancer three times, died surrounded by her family on Saturday night (December 19).
Richard wrote: “I post and write this with a Heavy Heart this morning! I never put too much up over the last few weeks but my close friends and family knew my mum was fighting her 3rd battle with Cancer!
“She passed away in my arms last night in front of my sister, my niece and my son!! I’m not going to spend too many words on here cause I just don’t feel too but I want to thank everyone that was supporting, that was reaching out, even those that just checked in on a how are you in this time!!!”
He continued in tribute to his mum: “I want you to know that will never be forgotten and I appreciate you!!!! I shall finish on this my mum was the strongest woman I know and to the very end never complained!
“Always pushing her kids and Grandkids to keep going and not have any Redeye or Hate in your Heart, hence why allot of you saw me Acting in this time or performing doing stand up and trying to make others smile when I wasn’t smiling!
“The reason I still say God is Good because he is thats how Mum raised us! Mum your watching over us now but I’m honoured to be your Son Love You.”
The moving photos Richard shared saw him hugging his mum and another when she was in ill health in bed as he held her hand.
Richard has previously said that Juliet got diagnosed with stage four lung cancer at the start of 2013 but didn’t tell him for months so it didn’t interrupt his work in the West End.
She later relapsed after being declared cancer-free in 2018 but Richard kept her third battle with the disease private.
He has been inundated with messages of support from fellow stars and fans following the announcement.
Co-star Kirsty-Leigh Porter wrote: “So sorry for your loss Richard. Sending you all the love in the world.”