Cat Deeley moved to tears on ITV's This Morning during tribute to rugby legend Rob Burrow

This Morning star Cat Deeley broke down in tears and struggled to continue presenting on Tuesday following an emotional tribute to Rob Burrow CBE
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ITV This Morning presenter Cat Deeley was visibly moved to tears during Tuesday's show after a poignant tribute to the late Rob Burrow CBE.

The former Leeds Rhinos rugby star, who passed away at 41 after a valiant fight against motor neurone disease, had left a profound impact. Diagnosed in 2019, two years post-retirement, Rob worked tirelessly with ex-teammate Kevin Sinfield to promote awareness and raise funds for MND research until his passing.

This Morning honoured Rob with a heartfelt homage, broadcasting his last message from the BBC documentary 'There's Only One Rob Burrow'. His powerful words resonated deeply: "My final message to you is whatever your personal battle be brave and face it. Every single day is precious, don't waste a moment. In a world full of adversity we must still dare to dream. Rob Burrow, over and out."

Following the tribute, an emotional Deeley, aged 47, found it difficult to proceed with the show. Her co-host Ben Shephard comforted her, asking, "You alright? " to which a tearful Cat responded: "No! I told you I watched it this morning, losing a loved one is one of the hardest thing we'll ever go through which is why Deidre is here to help you manage your grief today."

The programme then introduced a phone-in segment titled "Coping with grief.", reports the Mirror.

Rob's former club confirmed his passing on Sunday. The Burrow family honoured him with heartfelt words, also shared on the Leeds Rhinos website: "It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend."

"Rob has always been a true inspiration throughout his life whether that was on the rugby league field or during his battle with MND (motor neurone disease). He never allowed others to define what he could achieve and believed in his own ability to do more."

"The outpouring of love and support that rob and the whole Burrow family have received over the last four and half years meant so much to Rob. In particular, the rugby league family and the MND community have rallied around rob to inspire him, thank you for your support."

"For those who knew Rob throughout his life, his determination and spirit in the face of MND over the last four and half years came as no surprise. Rob never accepted that he couldn't do something, he just found his own way of doing it better than anyone else. He will continue to inspire us all every day. In a world full of adversity, we must dare to dream."