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Holly and Phillip share emotional tribute to former ITV colleague

Security guard Ricky Hayden was stabbed to death with a machete outside his home

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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield shared an emotional tribute to the family of their show’s murdered bodyguard.

Ricky Hayden – who had worked for the programme for five years – died in hospital after being stabbed to death when he confronted burglars trying to break into his home.

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Holly and Phil were visibly emotional as they opened This Morning

His dad Paul was also stabbed as he tried to protect his son.

The pair both worked as security guards for ITV, protecting guests as well as a a range of celebrities.

Holly said: “Dominating the papers today is the tragic story of a father and son who were attacked with a machete when they tried to fight off four thieves outside their home in East London.”

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Ricky was stabbed to death after defending his home

Phil added: “27-year-old Ricky Hayden was rushed to hospital after the attack but very sadly died yesterday.

“Ricky’s father Paul spent over five years working at This Morning as our security guard often alongside his son Ricky, and we just wanted to send our thoughts and condolences to Paul and his family at this incredibly sad time.”

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Paul spent over five years working at This Morning

“Lots of love to you,” said Holly.

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Ricky was rushed to hospital but sadly died

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The father and son confronted four burglars trying to steal his brother Perry’s moped.

They rushed outside at 1.25am but were attacked by the men dressed in balaclavas and hoodies.

Neighbours were woken up by screams and piled out into the street.

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Paul and Ricky worked on the show together

A neighbour, Bella Tasci, told The Sun: “It all happened so quickly.

“I could see someone on top of one of them with a knife in his hand.

“All the neighbour were out there saying, ‘Get off of him’. They were all screaming as well.

“Paul and Ricky were on the floor.

“The gang had two bikes, so two jumped on the back and they got away.”

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Candles and flowers have been laid in memory of Ricky and his wounded father

The Haydens were taken to hospital, but sadly Ricky lost his life. Paul is currently in hospital recovering from his knife wounds.

Two men have been arrested over Ricky’s death.

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