Vanessa Feltz reflects on ‘whirlwind’ 24 hours after the death of her fiancé’s brother Roy

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Heartbroken Vanessa Feltz has reflected on a ‘whirlwind’ 24 hours after the death of her fiancé Ben Ofoedu’s brother Roy and the birth of her fourth grandchild. 

The broadcaster, 60, took to her Instagram on Tuesday to grieve her partner’s ‘beautiful’ sibling who died aged 47 this week – just eight hours after her daughter Saskia welcomed her second child Cecily Violet. 

Nigerian-British singer-songwriter and reality TV star Ben, 50, took to his Instagram on Monday to share the tragic news about his brother and told how his ‘heart was broken’ too. The cause of his death has not been revealed. 

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Tragic: Heartbroken Vanessa Feltz has reflected on a 'whirlwind' 24 hours after the death of her fiancé Ben Ofoedu's brother Roy (pictured) and the birth of her fourth grandchild

Tragic: Heartbroken Vanessa Feltz has reflected on a 'whirlwind' 24 hours after the death of her fiancé Ben Ofoedu's brother Roy (pictured) and the birth of her fourth grandchild

Tragic: Heartbroken Vanessa Feltz has reflected on a ‘whirlwind’ 24 hours after the death of her fiancé Ben Ofoedu’s brother Roy (pictured) and the birth of her fourth grandchild

Announcing the news Ben shared two pictures of Roy beaming for the camera with Ed Sheeran’s song The A Team playing over the top. 

In his caption he penned: ‘My heart is broken baby bro. I love you so much and know we will see each other again. Rest in eternal peace. Roy Ofoedu. 12/03/75 – 16/09/2022.’

After Vanessa took to her social media to say: ‘We’ve had such a whirlwind in the last couple of days. In the space of 12 hours Ben lost his beautiful brother Roy and then Cecily my fourth granddaughter was born so we have experienced the whole circle of life in the last 24 hours. 

Tough: The broadcaster, 60, took to her Instagram Story on Tuesday to grieve her partner's 'beautiful' sibling who died aged 47. Neither Vanessa or Ben have revealed the cause of death (Vanessa and Ben pictured last year)

Tough: The broadcaster, 60, took to her Instagram Story on Tuesday to grieve her partner's 'beautiful' sibling who died aged 47. Neither Vanessa or Ben have revealed the cause of death (Vanessa and Ben pictured last year)

Tough: The broadcaster, 60, took to her Instagram Story on Tuesday to grieve her partner’s ‘beautiful’ sibling who died aged 47. Neither Vanessa or Ben have revealed the cause of death (Vanessa and Ben pictured last year) 

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Sad: After Vanessa took to her social media to say: 'We've had such a whirlwind in the last couple of days. In the space of 12 hours Ben lost his beautiful brother Roy and then Cecily my fourth granddaughter was born'

Sad: After Vanessa took to her social media to say: 'We've had such a whirlwind in the last couple of days. In the space of 12 hours Ben lost his beautiful brother Roy and then Cecily my fourth granddaughter was born'

Sad: After Vanessa took to her social media to say: ‘We’ve had such a whirlwind in the last couple of days. In the space of 12 hours Ben lost his beautiful brother Roy and then Cecily my fourth granddaughter was born’

‘So we just wanted to say hello and lots of love and if you have experienced this we are sending lots of love. It has been an absolute whirlwind of emotion and we are just clinging onto each other and we are taking tremendous joy in the new baby. Lots of love.’

In a second post Ben revealed that he would be taking a break from social media to deal with ‘personal matters’ as he sent ‘God’s love and light to all reading this’. 

In Vanessa’s Instagram Story post she wrote: ‘I am truly heartbroken at the tragic loss of Ben’s beautiful brother. A gentle gentleman.’ 

Representatives for Vanessa and Ben have been contacted by MailOnline for more information. 

Sad: The Nigerian-British singer-songwriter and reality TV star, 50, took to his Instagram on Monday to share the tragic news and told how his 'heart was broken'

Sad: The Nigerian-British singer-songwriter and reality TV star, 50, took to his Instagram on Monday to share the tragic news and told how his 'heart was broken'

Sad: The Nigerian-British singer-songwriter and reality TV star, 50, took to his Instagram on Monday to share the tragic news and told how his ‘heart was broken’

News: In a second post Ben revealed that he would be taking a break from social media to deal with 'personal matters' as he sent 'God's love and light to all reading this'

News: In a second post Ben revealed that he would be taking a break from social media to deal with 'personal matters' as he sent 'God's love and light to all reading this'

News: In a second post Ben revealed that he would be taking a break from social media to deal with ‘personal matters’ as he sent ‘God’s love and light to all reading this’

This Morning star Vanessa has been in a relationship with Ben – who is 10 years her junior – for 16 years.

Vanessa has two daughters – Allegra, 36, and Saskia, 33 – from her marriage to orthopaedic surgeon Michael Kurer. 

Vanessa was serenaded by her partner Ben for her 60th birthday on This Morning earlier this year.

Tribute: In Vanessa's Instagram Story post she wrote: 'I am truly heartbroken at the tragic loss of Ben's beautiful brother. A gentle gentleman'

Tribute: In Vanessa's Instagram Story post she wrote: 'I am truly heartbroken at the tragic loss of Ben's beautiful brother. A gentle gentleman'

Tribute: In Vanessa’s Instagram Story post she wrote: ‘I am truly heartbroken at the tragic loss of Ben’s beautiful brother. A gentle gentleman’

Reflection: She continued: 'It has been an absolute whirlwind of emotion and we are just clinging onto each other and we are taking tremendous joy in the new baby. Lots of love'

Reflection: She continued: 'It has been an absolute whirlwind of emotion and we are just clinging onto each other and we are taking tremendous joy in the new baby. Lots of love'

Reflection: She continued: ‘It has been an absolute whirlwind of emotion and we are just clinging onto each other and we are taking tremendous joy in the new baby. Lots of love’

The broadcaster welled up in tears as Ben made a surprise appearance on the show and gave her a bouquet of flowers for her milestone birthday. 

The This Morning team played a trick on Vanessa as Ben posed as a phone-in viewer called ‘Daniel’ who said he was Vanessa’s biggest fan.

‘Daniel’ professed his love to a confused-looking Vanessa with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield then saying ‘Daniel’ was in studio to surprise her.

Love: This Morning star Vanessa has been in a relationship with Ben - who is 10 years her junior - for 16 years

Love: This Morning star Vanessa has been in a relationship with Ben - who is 10 years her junior - for 16 years

Love: This Morning star Vanessa has been in a relationship with Ben – who is 10 years her junior – for 16 years

Ben then emerged and sang All My Life by K-Ci and JoJo as Vanessa broke down in tears.

Vanessa said: ‘Oh my goodness, thank you so much.’

Ben replied: ‘Happy birthday sweetheart. We’ve got a night out and then I’m whisking you off to Hatton Gardens.’

Vanessa jokingly added: ‘That person on the phone, I thought they’re not really coming in are they? They sound so peculiar.’

Earlier in the show, Vanessa spoke about how fast time goes as she reflected on turning 60.

She said: ‘People warn you it goes by in a trice and you just think, ‘Oh don’t be so silly you boring old person.’ I’ve done lots of things but I have to do a lot more. 

‘I have 22 friends coming from a lovely dinner tonight and then Ben and I God-willing are going to have a joint 110th in May because he’s going to be 50.’

Family: Vanessa has two daughters – Allegra, 36, and Saskia, 33 – from her marriage to orthopaedic surgeon Michael Kurer

Family: Vanessa has two daughters – Allegra, 36, and Saskia, 33 – from her marriage to orthopaedic surgeon Michael Kurer

Family: Vanessa has two daughters – Allegra, 36, and Saskia, 33 – from her marriage to orthopaedic surgeon Michael Kurer

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk




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