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Home and Away’s Sarah Roberts pays tribute to brother after he dies of brain cancer

She's left 'with a hole in her heart'

Sarah Roberts, best known for her role in Home And Away, has paid heartbreaking tribute to her brother Karl De Abrew after his tragically premature death.

The actress, who plays Willow Harris in the Australian soap opera, shared the devastating news with her Instagram followers on Wednesday (October 23).

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Sharing a beautiful image with her brother from her recent wedding to co-star James Stewart, Sarah wrote: “Three months ago today, he walked me down the aisle and now he is walking with the angels.

“I’m left with a hole in my heart and 34 years of beautiful memories… Growing up together as children into adults.

“You fought THE BRAVEST battle Big Squirt to the very end and I promise to always live by your standards; to remember what you taught me – ‘it’s all about the journey, not the destination’ and ‘have no regrets’.”

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Sarah continued to pay tribute to her brother, who died at the age of 45, saying: “I love you, I cherish you, I salute you.

“You can rest now, we know you’re dancing up there in the heavens, always watching down on us. Forever all my love, Medium Squirt x @karldeabrew.”

Sarah, who got married at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland in July 2019, has supported her big brother through his 15 year battle with brain cancer.

He lived in Clontarf, a suburb of Dublin in Ireland, which was one of the main reasons she didn’t marry in her native country.

Sarah and James at the 2018 TV Week Logie Awards in the Gold Coast (Credit: Splash)

Hundreds of beautiful comments flooded in with many of her co-stars expressing their condolences and sending their love.

Lynne McGranger, who plays Irene Roberts, said: “So sad for you Sare and your precious family. Sending love and prayers to you all and see you soon. God bless you.”

Georgie Parker, aka Roo Stewart, typed: “Sarah, we love you and wish we could help take some of this pain away for you. Huge love and thoughts to your family.”

Karl’s passing was also announced in a death notice yesterday.

The heartbreaking statement read: “De Abrew, Karl (late of Clontarf and formerly of Melbourne, Australia) – October 23rd, 2019, peacefully at Beaumont Hospital.

“Beloved husband of Susana, loving father of Alexander and Aurora, and son of Sharma and Neil.

“Very sadly missed by his wife, children and parents, his brother Rowan, sisters Sarah and Lauren, extended family in Australia, neighbours and friends.”

Three months ago, Sarah told WHO that she and James had decided to marry in Ireland so her beloved brother could attend as he was too sick to travel overseas.

Less than a month before the wedding, Karl told his Twitter followers that he was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation to treat his “15-year old brain tumour”.

Rest in peace.

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