This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford broke down in tears on live TV as she discussed Caroline Flack’s suicide, after she was left "heartbroken" as her sister Julia took her own life last year.
The 59 year old presenter was overwhelmed with emotion as she sat with Nicola Thorp, Matthew Wright and her husband Eamonn Holmes on the This Morning sofa.
Ruth was clearly affected by the discussion as she struggled to fight back the tears as they sat on the This Morning sofa to discuss to news of 40 year old Caroline’s death over the weekend.
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The discussion, where the presenters debated the topics around Caroline’s death including trolling and mental health, hit home for Ruth as she was seen with tears rolling down her cheeks.
Ruth began crying as guest Nicola Throp, 31, broke down in tears herself as she urged viewers not to blame mental health for Caroline’s suicide.
The presenter was then seen looking emotional as she reached for a box of tissues on the coffee table in front of them and handed the actress a tissue for her tears.
The discussion is incredibly close to home for Ruth as she lost her sister Julia Johnson to suicide last year.
In November, an inquest heard how Julia took her own life at her family home in Lingfield, Surrey in June 2019. The inquest heard that 62 year old Julia was found hanged in the garage.
Her body was discovered by her husband Paul, who had been away visiting the couple's daughter and cut his trip short and rushed back to their home.
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Paramedics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service declared Julia dead at 1.37am on 16 June, two minutes after arriving to her home.
The coroner ruled that Julia's death was suicide after hearing she had been suffering from depression, but had been diagnosed by a psychiatrist as “improving greatly“.
After the inquest, Ruth and her husband Eamonn spoke publicly for the first time about life without Ruth’s sister in an exclusive interview with OK! magazine in December.
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The couple revealed they almost cancelled their festive celebrations this year with the thought of Christmas Day without Ruth’s beloved sister was almost too much to think about.
Ruth said: “It’s going to be a very challenging time for me and my mum, who’ll be with us at Christmas.
“I could cancel Christmas, but my sister loved it so I’m having turkey and we’ll put Christmas carols on. I’m sure we’ll cry but we’ll also be happy.”
When asked if they plan to do anything special this year to remember Julia by, Ruth admitted, “I don’t know because it’s my first Christmas without her. We’ll certainly talk about her and I’m sure my mum and I will share lots of lovely Christmas memories of Julia. We won’t be maudlin though – it’s finding the balance.”
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