Rob Delaney hails NHS 'heroes' as he reveals tragic death of his two-year-old son

Robin De Peyer
Tragedy: Rob Delaney made the announcement on Facebook: AP

Catastrophe star Rob Delaney hailed the NHS as he revealed his two-year-old son Henry has died of cancer.

The actor and comedian said his “smart, funny and mischievous” son died in January after being diagnosed with a brain tumour shortly after his first birthday in 2016.

In an emotional Facebook post, Delaney, 41, said he, his wife and Henry’s two older brothers were “devastated” by the loss.

He added: “Henry was a joy. He was smart, funny, and mischievous and we had so many wonderful adventures together, particularly after he'd moved home following fifteen months living in hospitals.

"His tumour and surgery left him with significant physical disabilities, but he quickly learned sign language and developed his own method of getting from A to B shuffling on his beautiful little bum. His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound.

"The NHS nurses and doctors and the home carers and charity workers who helped our family survive Henry's illness will be my heroes until the day I die. I am desperately sad right now, but I can say with authority that there is good in this world."

Delaney, from Massachusetts in the US, lives in London and stars alongside Sharon Hogan in acclaimed Channel 4 sitcom Catastrophe.

Henry had undergone surgery and continued treatment, but the cancer returned last autumn.

Delaney appealed for people to help other families with sick children by donating to the Rainbow Trust or Noah’s Ark children’s hospice.

He added: “Thank you, beautiful Henry, for spending as much time with us as you did. We miss you so much.”