Eamonn Holmes reveals Ruth Langsford’s ‘guilt’ over late sister following her tragic death

Eamonn Holmes has opened up on the tragic death of wife Ruth Langsford’s sister Julia, who died in June 2019.

Ruth, 60, was left “distraught” over the loss of her sister, who was 62 when she died, last year, paying tribute to the “kindest and most gentle soul” at the time.

Opening up on the horrific loss Ruth faced, Eamonn paid tribute to Julia as “lovely, gentle and kind”.

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The This Morning star told the Daily Star: “It’s just the unanswered questions. Sudden death is a very, very ­difficult thing to deal with, and with Julia you know, she was just the most lovely, gentile, kind person.

“I often used to joke to her and Ruth that I got the wrong sister, but she was a lovely, lovely person – tortured by mental depression.”

He added: “Ruth was very caring, very loving to her and I think there can often be a guilt when you think, ‘Should I have been there? Where was I?’.”

It comes after Ruth emotionally revealed that she considered quitting TV after losing her beloved sister.

She opened up on her loss, crediting her husband Eamonn for helping her to carry on with work.

Ruth said: "It seemed wrong to be cheery on screen, when, inside, my heart was breaking."

She continued to tell Best magazine that Eamonn would comfort her as she would "cry, scream and sob" for the first month following Julia's death.

"Eamonn pointed out that he was, in effect, losing not one, but two of the most precious people in his life – Julia and me. He showed me how I had so much to live for in Julia's memory – and beyond."

The mother-of-one said Eamonn begged her to not let depression take over her too.

"He pleaded with me not to let it win, by ruining everything I had achieved – and still had to celebrate," Ruth explained.

Ruth previously told OK! magazine how she received the shock news last June at 1am while she was at home in Surrey with the couple's teenage son Jack.

She immediately phoned Eamonn, her husband of 10 years who was visiting his family in his native Northern Ireland, and he sprung to action without hesitation.

"On the night it happened, Eamonn was in Belfast. It was 1am and I was here in tears. It was awful," she recalled.

Describing Eamonn as her "protector" Ruth went on to say, "He hated the fact he was away from me but he knew what I needed. He knows me better than I know myself sometimes."

"Without me even knowing," continued Ruth, "Eamonn phoned my three best girlfriends and they were all here within two hours."

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