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Lorraine Kelly supported on Instagram as she shares emotional pic after Deborah James’ death

ITV viewers rallied around the star

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Instagram fans rallied around Lorraine Kelly after she shared a touching picture of herself following Deborah James’ death.

Beloved journalist Deborah tragically passed away on Tuesday (June 28) after a battle with bowel cancer.

Lorraine had gotten to know the star as Deborah had appeared on her ITV show on numerous occasions.

Following news of her passing on Tuesday, Lorraine dedicated Wednesday’s show to Deborah’s memory.

Deborah James on Lorraine before her death
Deborah James appeared on Lorraine numerous times (Credit: ITV)

Lorraine Kelly on Instagram

After being on air, the Scottish star took to Instagram where she shared an emotional snap of herself.

In the picture, a visibly emotional Lorraine cuddled up to her adorable pet pooch, Ruby.

She captioned the snap: “Some days you just need a hug. Thanks @rubyisasausage.”

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Fans rushed to rally around the star, and share their support following Deborah’s death.

“You did Deborah proud this morning,” said one fan. “The broadcast you must’ve been dreading. Heartfelt, emotional, funny. We will all miss Dame Deborah’s passion for life but, for you, you’ll miss an amazing friend. I think we’ll all hug our fur babies a little tighter tonight!”

A second replied: “Bless you Lorraine, I don’t know how you managed to hold it together this morning – sending you lots of virtual hugs, what an absolute travesty but a woman we’ll never forget. RIP Dame Deborah James.”

Deborah James death

“You did Dame Debs proud on your show this morning. I am sure it was a tough call for you. Debs will be missed terribly. Sending so much love to her family and friends,” said a third in a heartfelt response.

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Meanwhile, another added: “You did so well this morning Lorraine. I was an emotional wreck watching, so so sad but wow what an inspiration of a girl!”

Lorraine Kelly in a green outfit talking about Deborah James
Lorraine has been hit hard by Deborah James’ passing (Credit: ITV)

Bowel Babe Deborah died on Tuesday (June 28) with her family around her following her battle with bowel cancer.

She is survived by her daughter Eloise, 12, son Hugo, 14, and husband Seb.

You can donate to Deborah’s Just Giving fund here.

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