Paul O’ Grady’s only child Sharon Mousley shares statement after star’s unexpected death
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Paul O’ Grady’s only child, Sharon Mousley, has shared a statement following the star's unexpected death.
The beloved British TV host and comedian, best known for hosting Blankety Blank, Blind Date, The Paul O'Grady Show, The Lily Savage Show and many more, passed away at the age of 67 last week (28 March).
His husband, Andre Portasio, confirmed his tragic passing in a statement.
Portasio said: "It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.
"He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.
"I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years," via BBC.
And many others have since come forward with words of condolences to the iconic comedian who graced our screens for so many years.
Tributes have since poured in from all over the world including television presenter Lorraine Kelly and LGBT rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell.
Some fans of the late comedian, however, didn't know that O'Grady had a daughter, Sharon Mousley, who has also spoken up about her father's death.
Mousley, who was born in 1974, is the former ITV host's only child who he shared with his friend, Diane Jansen.
The mother-of-two has expressed just how 'distraught' she and the rest of her family are following the 'unexpected' news.
"What can I say? We are all devastated, I am, my mum is, everyone is," she told the Daily Mail.
"We loved him and we will miss him. We are all distraught."
Mousley's statement comes after Portasio shared the last-ever photo taken of him and O'Grady to Instagram last week.
He captioned the picture: "In time I hope to write to everyone individually and thank you for all posts, messages, phone calls, emails, cards and flowers of support.
"I much appreciate you all taking the time to reach out. I’m so very touched and I’m sure Paul would be too!"
Portasio ended the heartfelt post: "Browsing for a picture I found the last picture we ever took together. Unbeknownst to us back in January this would be our last ever holiday together."
As well as being a beloved household name for his many television roles, O'Grady was also a proud dog owner to three rescues and a proud ambassador for UK animal shelter, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
He would also often film at the shelter for his series Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's tribute fund in memory of O'Grady has received over £100,000 in donations since the adored star's death.
He will most definitely be missed by us all.