Richard Blackwood devastated as mum dies in his arms after cancer battle

Richard Blackwood has confirmed the heartbreaking news that his mother has died.

The former EastEnders actor took to his Instagram to speak of his devastation to his fans.

Richard, 48, who is starring in the next series of Dancing on Ice, shared a plethora of snaps of the pair of them alongside the tragic news.

His mum had battled cancer three separate times and died on Saturday night surrounded by loved ones.

Richard penned: "I post and write this with a Heavy Heart this morning! 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!!!"

He continued: "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 allot of you saw me Acting in this time or performing doing stand up and trying to make others smile when I wasn’t smiling!

"The reason I still say God is Good because he is thats how Mum raised us! Mum your watching over us now but I’m honoured to be your Son Love You."

Richard's post was inundated with messages of condolence from friends and fans.

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