Paul O’Grady issues ‘awful’ announcement as he suffers heartbreaking loss
Paul O’Grady has revealed a heartbreaking loss, with fans rallying around with support as he admitted he "knew it was coming".
The 67-year-old telly legend is renowned for being a huge animal lover – with Paul housing many animals at his house in Kent.
However, on Monday (March 13) Paul shared that one of his pigs, Tom Tom, had died while he was away in Newcastle on tour.
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The TV star, who is currently playing Miss Hannigan in the theatre adaption of Annie, took to his Instagram to make the heartbreaking announcement.
Alongside a video of Tom Tom in his sty with his other pigs, Paul wrote: “Got back from a week in Newcastle playing Miss Hannigan in Annie to find that Tom Tom, one of my pigs had been put to sleep.
“I knew it was coming as he’d been diagnosed with a tumour but even so it’s awful when you lose a pet.”
Paul went on: “He was the cheekiest of the gang and one of the other pigs who was obviously very fond of him is now depressed and gone into mourning and there’s those who say that animals don’t have feelings.
“On a lighter note, I’m thoroughly enjoying playing Hannigan again after so long especially with a truly amazing and lovely cast. Next stop Edinburgh.”
Paul’s followers soon rallied around in the comments and offered the star their support, with one writing, “So sorry for your loss.”
Someone else added: “What a gorgeous boy Tom Tom was. So sorry my darling, sending so much love your way.”
“What a shock to come home to! Bless him! Animals are far more intelligent than we give them credit for!” proclaimed a third fan.
Offering their support, another follower said: “So sorry you’ve lost Tom Tom, its faces like that that make the world go round.”
In October last year, Paul announced that he would be starring in the musical Annie.
At the time, he wrote on Instagram: “This is what happens when you go for a drink after rehearsals with your producer and after being plied with whisky you’d agree to play a nun in the Sound of Music let alone Miss Hannigan.
The last time I was in this show was 1998 playing Hannigan again and then on tour, job sharing with Lesley Joseph.
“Annie is hitting the road again next year for a National Tour but I’m only doing 6 dates as I’ve got other commitments but I’ve got to say I’m really looking forward to it as it’s such a great show.”
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