Shirley Ballas became emotional while speaking about her brother on This Morning
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Shirley Ballas in tears as she issues plea following brother’s tragic death

Believed he was "the last person" she thought would take his own life

Shirley Ballas made an emotional appearance on This Morning earlier today as she discussed the tragic death of her brother.

The Strictly Come Dancing judge wiped away tears as she discussed losing David, who took his own life in 2003.

David was just 44 when he passed away after suffering with depression.

His image is currently part of an exhibition from the Campaign Against Living Miserably on London’s South Bank. The presentation includes photos of fifty people, all smiling, shortly before they died due to suicide.

Photo of Shirley Ballas' brother David in streets of London
David took his own life aged 44 in 2003 (Credit: This Morning YouTube)

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Shirley, 61, urged daytime TV viewers to be alert to warning signs when others may be struggling.

She also told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby how David meant “everything” to her.

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A moved Shirley reflected: “Seeing my brother there in display in Southbank brought everything back. If I knew now what I knew then I could’ve helped.

“Everybody loved him. He was a big brother, he was like a father. He was everything to me.”

Shirley added: “He was really the last person that I would ever think would take his own life.”

Shirley Ballas dabs her nose with a tissue
Shirley Ballas dabs her face with a tissue (Credit: This Morning YouTube)

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Telly favourite Shirley also noted how, in hindsight, there were indications David was struggling.

“When I look back now, there were warning signs,” she said.

There were little things that he would say or comments that he would make.

“There were little things that he would say or comments that he would make. And I would be like ‘you’ll be fine, you’ll be fine.'”

Shirley Ballas looks emotional on This Morning
Shirley Ballas bravely opened up about her loss on This Morning (Credit: This Morning YouTube)

Shirley continued: “We have to be astute. Our lives are so packed – as mine was back then – with people saying ‘you’ll be fine.’

“I’ve had people say that to me in some of the darkest times in my life. They don’t know what’s going on inside.”

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Discussing the importance of communication, Shirley added: “Life goes so fast. And if you just take a step back, a breath, a moment, and listen and really try to see your family or friend…”

If you are struggling with your mental health, contact the Samaritans online or call 116 123 from any phone for free.

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