Ruth Langsford's sister has sadly passed away at the age of 62.
The Loose Women star, 59, said her "heart is completely broken" after her eldest sister Julia had passed away after a "very long illness".
Ruth told her fans that she needs to "take time to grieve with my family".
Writing on Twitter on Thursday, Ruth said: "My lovely sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken.
"She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever. As I am sure you will appreciate I need to take time to grieve with my family. Thank you for your understanding."
Fans have offered their condolences.
One person said: "So sorry to hear this Ruth, sending love to you and your family."
My lovely Sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken. She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever. As I am sure you will appreciate I need to take time to grieve with my family. Thank you for your understanding. pic.twitter.com/o6jMtIqMg4
— Ruth Langsford (@RuthieeL) 20 June 2019
Another wrote: "We are so so sorry to hear this @RuthieeL We are thinking of you and sending lots of love."
My lovely sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness.
A third added: "I'm so sorry of course we understand just come back when you're good and ready sending so much love and lots of hugs your way lovely."
Her Loose Women co-star Coleen Nolan posted a heartbroken emoji followed by a collection of kisses.
Meanwhile Mel Sykes commented: "Oh Ruth I’m so sorry x sending you so much love xxxxxxxx xxxxxxx."
Back in December, Ruth shared a sweet photo of herself, her mum Joan and big sister Julia along with niece Katie.
The family tucked into plates of tasty looking cakes, scones with jam and cream and finger sandwiches at Fortnum & Mason.
Back in 2015, Ruth said her ideal day out would be with her sister Julia.
When asked how she would spend her fantasy 24 hours, she told the Daily Mail at the time: "I'd take Jack, my sister Julia and my niece Katie, 31, to a matinée in the West End, followed by a cream tea with the family."
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