Hollyoaks star Richard Blackwood has paid tribute to his mother after she sadly died.
The former EastEnders actor, who plays Felix Westwood on the Channel 4 soap, posted to Instagram on Sunday (December 20) to share the sad news his mother Juliet passed away from cancer on Saturday night.
"I post and write this with a heavy heart this morning," he wrote.
"I never put too much up over the last few weeks but my close friends and family knew my mum was fighting her 3rd battle with cancer! She passed away in my arms last night in front of my sister, my niece and my son!!
"I'm not going to spend too many words on here cause I just don't feel too but I want to thank everyone that was supporting, That was reaching out, even those that just checked in on a how are you in this time!!! I want you to know that will never be forgotten and I appreciate you!!!!
"I shall finish on this my mum was the strongest woman I know and to the very end never complained! Always pushing her kids and Grandkids to keep going and not have any redeye or hate in your heart, hence why a lot of you saw me acting in this time or performing doing stand up and trying to make others smile when I wasn’t smiling!"
He added: "The reason I still say God is Good because he is that's how Mum raised us!
"Mum your watching over us now but I'm honoured to be your son, love you."
Richard has appeared on Hollyoaks screens since March this year.
He explained shortly after joining the soap why he "loves" playing Felix compared to some of his previous characters.
Hollyoaks airs weekdays on Channel 4 and E4.
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