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Saturday 23rd March 2019

First Dates viewers in tears after man reveals son and dad died in same week

He made the sad confession on a date with Chi Chi

First Dates often brings us comedy and romance, but the Valentine's special episode also brought us many, many tears.

The Channel 4 dating show had viewers crying on Thursday evening over a man named Lincoln, who revealed that his son and dad tragically died in the same week.

Lincoln appeared to wipe away tears as he spoke (Credit: Channel 4)

After a welcome from host and romance guru Fred Sirieix, Lincoln joined Chi Chi for a date.

After some chit-chat, she asked if he had children.

The 57-year-old told her: "One would be 37 this year. My other boy is 16 and doing really well. My first one passed away..."

The pair talked about being parents (Credit: Channel 4)

Chi Chi looked shocked as she replied: "Seriously? Oh, I'm so sorry."

In the VT, bin man Lincoln spoke emotionally about what had happened, saying: "What, an hour? 10 to 15 minutes to an hour can change your whole life.

My son died on the Monday, then my dad passed away on the Friday night.

"He was coming home from school, he's run out and got hit by a car. The next minute I'm standing there and I'm looking over his body. You're kinda left with just a hole."

He admitted the tragedy left a hole inside him (Credit: Channel 4)

At the table, wiping at his eyes, Lincoln went on: "My son died on the Monday, then my dad passed away on the Friday night, Saturday morning."

Chi Chi told him: "I can't begin to imagine the pain you went through."

It was the beginning of a terrible period for Lincoln, who said: "The week that he died, I started taking drugs and drinking and not coping with every day life. It got to the point where sometimes I didn't think about what I was doing.

Chi Chi was sad for her date (Credit: Channel 4)

"16 years, I wasn't there. Even though I got up every morning, I went to work, I did what I did, all my feelings had gone."

Asked when things changed, he said: "Maybe two, three years ago. I just got to a point where I felt I wanted something better.

"I suppose I was slow putting myself back together, it took me 16 years. I am ready to rise again."

It took Lincoln 16 years to recover from the loss (Credit: Channel 4)

He added that he was hoping to meet someone special, saying: "Fingers crossed."

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Viewers were devastated by the confession, flocking to Twitter to offer sympathies.

Brave Lincoln says he's finally hoping to move on (Credit: Channel 4)

One commented: "Ah no Lincoln!! That’s so horribly sad 😢😢 #FirstDates." Another added: "#FirstDates Lincoln talking about losing his son and dad a few days apart 😢😟 How terrible."

A third wrote: "So much respect for Lincoln right now! #firstdates #truegent." While a fourth said: "Oh Lincoln.. So sad. Both son and father gone. ❤️❤️ #firstdates."

Another said simply: "Lincoln 😪😪😪😪 #FirstDates."

Social media loved Lincoln (Credit: Twitter)

Others hoped Chi Chi and Lincoln met up again, writing: "Really hope Chi Chi and Lincoln fall in love. They've both been through so much ❤ #FirstDates."

A second added: "Chi Chi & Lincoln. I hope you both find happiness in each other. Made me shed a tear tonight 👍❤️ #FirstDates."

The pair left together, agreeing to a second date (Credit: Channel 4)

One more added: "Love the endings, especially for Lincoln and co 😂 love is in the air ♥️♥️♥️♥️ #FirstDates."

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Chi Chi and Lincoln arranged another date after the show.

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