Paul O'Grady's husband Andre Portasio shares heartbreaking post following his death
| Last updated
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/andre_portasio/paulogrady
Paul O’Grady’s husband has shared a sweet Instagram photo thanking everyone for their wishes and support since his death on March 28.
Andre Portasio shared the photo with his followers on Instagram, writing about how thankful he is for the support and sympathy that he has received since Paul's death, as well as sharing the very last photo they ever took together.
He wrote: “In time I hope to write to everyone individually and thank you for all posts, messages, phone calls, emails, cards and flowers of support.
“I much appreciate you all taking the time to reach out.
“I’m so very touched and I’m sure Paul would be too!
“Browsing for a picture I found the last picture we ever took together.
“Unbeknownst to us back in January this would be our last ever holiday together.”
In the photo, the pair look happy, content, and carefree, sitting on a boat on a sky blue ocean.
It looks pretty idyllic.
On March 29, Portasio released a statement that said: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.
"He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.
"I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years."
Tributes started to flood in from all corners after the news broke, with fellow British TV legends Carol Vorderman and Lorraine Kelly leading this tributes.
Lorraine wrote: “Such sad news. Paul O’Grady - funny, fearless, brave, kind and wise. Will be sorely missed. A really special man.”
Vorderman added: “Paul O'Grady,
“Already giving them raucous, ripping up the rulebook, mischief making, calling it out, loving hell in heaven
“Paul, what are we meant to do without you?”
Paul was famous both as his alter-ego Lily Savage, as whom he presented shows such as Blankety Blank and The Big Breakfast.
O’Grady also had a hugely successful career on BBC Radio 2, as well as showcasing his well-known love for animals on documentary show Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs.
Paul’s fans were quick to comment on Andre’s photo, expressing further sadness, sympathy, and support.
One said: “A beautiful soul and human inside and outside was Paul.
“He will be sorely missed by so many people and animals.
“Paul made a difference to so many people animals simply by being the way he was, this shown through in every project he took on and his every day life.
“We are sending so much love to you all, you Andre, Paul's family friends colleagues and his beloved animals.”
Another wrote: “Everyone loved him. Thank you for sharing him with us.”
A third said: “Lovely photo. I am so very sorry.
“Thinking of you and sending so much love.
“I have loved Paul for over 30 years, I saw and met him many times.
“He’s going to be greatly missed.
“The world is a sadder place without him in it. Take care of yourself.”