This Morning pays heartbreaking tribute to guest who died after battling coronavirus
This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have paid tribute to a guest of the show who sadly died after battling coronavirus.
John Lewthwaite, who won viewers over during his appearance on the show last month from his care home, sadly died last week after contracting Covid-19.
On Monday’s show, Holly and Phil paid tribute to John after both returned from the Easter break.
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Holly, 39, told viewers on the ITV daytime show: “We know it’s hard time for people right now losing loved ones,” before sharing a clip of John dancing during his appearance on the show.
“We were all very sad to hear from John’s family that he passed away from coronavirus.”
Phillip then read out a statement from John’s family, which read: “They said thank you to This Morning, you made his dream come true. His last eight months were spent in a care home. We would like to thank the NHS.”
The TV star added: “Losing someone like John, if you’ve lost someone over the last few weeks, our thoughts are with you no matter where you are.”
It comes after Phillip revealed he was “heartbroken” to learn of the death of John.
John, from Dearnlea Nursing Home, had spoken to Phillip and his co-host Holly on the show last month and sang and danced for viewers.
He also left Phillip in stitches by holding up a handwritten sign reading: “Coronavirus can do one.”
Phillip was informed of his death in a tweet reading: “@thismorning @Schofe @hollywills It’s with great sadness that John from Dearnlea Nursing Home has sadly passed away after testing positive for Covid-19.
"Please join our village in playing the song he sang on This Morning ‘Penny Arcade’ at 7pm on Saturday."
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Another tweet read: “His family wanted to say thank you for making his dreams come true to sing on TV."
Phillip shared his sadness, replying: “This is heartbreaking. Holly and I have a week off next week.
“We will pay John a proper tribute when we are back. Our love to all his family and friends."
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