Denise Welch tears up as she makes emotional return to Loose Women following death of her father


She revealed at the end of September that her father Vin had died at the age of 84 after major surgery, battling pneumonia and dealing with pulmonary fibrosis.

And on Monday, Denise Welch, 63, made an emotional return to Loose Women and teared up as she discusses losing her dad, who was a former drag queen, and watched a special tribute to him created by the show.

The actress admitted: ‘It’s been very, very tough!’ and told her fellow panellist that she hadn’t felt ready to return to Loose Women until now and praised producers for being extremely compassionate and respectful.

Emotional: On Monday, Denise Welch, 63, made an emotional return to Loose Women and teared up as she remembered her late dad, Vin, who passed away in September

Denise explained how her father had experienced dips in his health before being taken into hospital, and admitted: ‘We felt we’d loved him back to health.’

The TV star began to shed tears as recalled how: ‘we were all with him when he went,’ and explained that he’d believed Denise’s husband Lincoln Townley was waiting for him in a car outside.

She continued: ‘With the lack of oxygen, his mental capacity had declined, and he was in and out of lucidity at that point, but he knew that we were there.

‘It’s been very very tough, but my sister and I have been a strength for each other. I started to think “did we protect him enough?”

Sad: She revealed in September that her father Vin had died at the age of 84 after major surgery, battling pneumonia and dealing with pulmonary fibrosis (pictured together last June)

Sad: She revealed in September that her father Vin had died at the age of 84 after major surgery, battling pneumonia and dealing with pulmonary fibrosis (pictured together last June) 

Heartbreaking: 'With the lack of oxygen, his mental capacity had declined, but he knew that we were there. It's been very very tough' admitted Denise

Heartbreaking: ‘With the lack of oxygen, his mental capacity had declined, but he knew that we were there. It’s been very very tough’ admitted Denise

‘Both my mum and dad, when they went, they went with family,’ explained Denise, who confessed to feeling grateful for that fact, because many families don’t get the chance.

The actress also revealed that her family threw a party in her late father’s honour, and admitted with a smile: ‘He would’ve been so peed off he wasn’t there!’

Denise also lauded Loose Women for giving him some comfort as she explained through tears: ‘He watched this show, he watched it in his final days.’ 

The returning star was then surprised by her fellow panellist with a heartwarming compilation video of her father Vin’s best bits from appearances on the show. 

Grieving: Denise told her fellow panellist that she hadn't felt ready to return to Loose Women until now and praised show producers for being extremely compassionate and respectful

Grieving: Denise told her fellow panellist that she hadn’t felt ready to return to Loose Women until now and praised show producers for being extremely compassionate and respectful

Loved: Vin (left) worked as a top drag queen in the bars and clubs of the north of England for many years, and had an alter-ego called Raquel

Loved: Vin (left) worked as a top drag queen in the bars and clubs of the north of England for many years, and had an alter-ego called Raquel

Sharing the sad news of her father’s death at the end of September, Denise told how she was ‘so grief stricken’ she ‘couldn’t quite function’. 

Denise wrote alongside a photo of her holding her dad’s hand: ‘The words I’ve dreaded saying all of my life.  

‘Last night at 11pm, we lost our dad, the life force that was Vin Welch. After making a miraculous recovery recently from major surgeries, pneumonia plus his existing pulmonary fibrosis was more than even he could take.

‘He left us surrounded by his family who could not have loved anyone more.

Devastating: Sharing the sad news of her father's death at the end of September, Denise told how she was 'so grief stricken' she 'couldn't quite function'

Devastating: Sharing the sad news of her father’s death at the end of September, Denise told how she was ‘so grief stricken’ she ‘couldn’t quite function’ 

‘I can’t quite function as I’m so grief stricken, but I know he meant so much to so many people, even those who’d never met him.

‘I’ve never seen anyone fight to stay longer at a party than dad and last night was no different. He loved life and lived it to the full like no other.

She continued: ‘The nurses in Ward 6 at Durham University hospital will forever be in our hearts as they gave dad the most peaceful passing anyone could wish for.

‘They adored him and he them. Heather, Helen, Lauren, Naz, Chloe, Graham, Debs to name but a few. We will NEVER forget you. Love you dad. Heartbroken.’

Difficult: She penned in the caption: 'The words I've dreaded saying all of my life. Last night at 11pm, we lost our dad, the life force that was Vin Welch'

Difficult: She penned in the caption: ‘The words I’ve dreaded saying all of my life. Last night at 11pm, we lost our dad, the life force that was Vin Welch’

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