PHIL Spencer has been joined by Piers Morgan and the stars of This Morning after the devastating deaths of both his parents.
The Location, Location, Location host, 53, today paid tribute to his father Richard, known to friends and family as David, 89, and his mother Anne, 82, following their fatal car accident.
Phil’s co-host Kirstie Allsopp offered public support in the comments, writing under the Instagram post, “Such a bold and loving statement and so typical of you and your beautiful family.” So many people have you all in your thoughts and prayers . xxx’
TalkTV host Piers said, “How incredibly sad. I’m so sorry Phil,” and adventurer Ben Fogle added, “I’m so sorry Phil.”
Phil Vickery wrote, “My thoughts are with you and the family,” while Craig Doyle wrote, “Oh Phil, this is so very sad.” My thoughts are with you and your family. May they rest in peace.’
Jenni Falconer concluded: ‘Oh Phil I send so much love to you and your family.’ This is truly heartbreaking.’
Phil had shared a snap of the couple, writing on the platform, “As a family we all try to hold on to the fact that mom and dad were together and that neither ever has to grieve the loss of the other.” It’s such a blessing in itself .
Phil also revealed heartbreaking new details about the crash.
He said: “The car, going very slowly, overturned over a bridge on the farm driveway and plunged headfirst into the river.”
“There were no physical injuries and I highly doubt they would have put up a fight at all – they would have held hands underwater and slipped away quietly.”
“Their attendant was in the car and was able to climb out of a rear window so the alarm went off pretty quickly.”
Phil praised his brother for desperately trying to save their parents after the crash.
He said: “Like many farmers – my brother had a pocket knife and was able to cut through the seat belts – he pulled them out of the river but they never regained consciousness.”
“Though they are incredibly saddened and shocked, the whole family recognizes that if there can ever be such a thing as a ‘happy ending,’ this was it.”
Presenter Phil went on to recall one of the most heartbreaking recent conversations he had with his mum.
He said: “Although they had both been in extremely good shape the previous days (hence the sudden idea of going out for lunch), mum’s Parkinson’s disease and dad’s dementia had worsened and the long-term future was going to be challenging.”
“So much so that just a week ago Mom said to me she’d reconciled herself to the thought, ‘Now it looks like we’re probably going to go together.’ And they did.”
He ended his statement by adding, “It feels awful right now, but after almost 60 years of marriage – I know there will be some comfort in the future dying together on the farm they loved so much.”
“Mom and Dad are together and that’s exactly what they wished for.”