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BBC host Andrew Marr revealed last night (19 June) his dad Donald has died.
The 60-year-old took to social media to tell his followers the news and explained colleague Nick Robinson would be standing in to take his place on this Sunday’s edition of The Andrew Marr Show.
He tweeted: "Good luck and thanks Nick Robinson for taking over Sunday’s show.
"My lovely dad has just died and I am out of action."
The tweets saw a host of sympathy for the political journalist, including from stand in Robinson, who responded: “Sad news. All my thoughts are with Andy and his family.”
Sad news. All my thoughts are with Andy and his family. https://t.co/1QesxgRQ63
— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) June 19, 2020
Political journalist Pippa Crerar tweeted: “I’m so sorry to hear your sad news, Andrew. Thinking of you.”
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock, who is set to appear, responded: “I’m so sorry for your loss Andrew. Sending all my condolences and thinking of you and your family.”
I’m so sorry for your loss Andrew. Sending all my condolences and thinking of you and your family.
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) June 20, 2020
Deputy Labour Party leader Angela Rayner said: “So sorry to hear the news about yr dad, sending my deepest condolences to you and the family.”
BBC Breakfast host and Marr’s colleague Naga Munchetty said: "Sending love and condolences."
Former Conservative minister Damian Green added: "So sad to hear. Condolences to your family."
Broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer added: "I’m so sorry Andrew. My condolences."
As well as Mr. Hancock, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth, actress Kristin Scott Thomas, theatre director Sir Nicholas Hytner, ONS national statistician, Sir Ian Diamond and Professor Peter Piot will all also appear.
The Andrew Marr Show will air from 9am on Sunday on BBC One.