Phil Spencer ‘desperately sad and shocked’ as he breaks silence about parents’ death | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Location, Location, Location presenter Phil Spencer has said that he is “desperately sad and shocked beyond all belief”, as he broke his silence following the tragic death of both of his parents in a car accident.
The popular Channel 4 presenter took to Instagram to share his grief at the loss of dad Richard, 89, and mum Anne, 82, with his 116,000 followers.
In a lengthy statement accompanied by a picture of his parents smiling broadly, he wrote: “Very sadly both of my amazing parents died on Friday.
“As a family we are all trying to hold onto the fact Mum and Dad went together and that neither will ever have to mourn the loss of the other one. Which is a blessing in itself.
“Although they were both on extremely good form in the days before (hence the sudden idea to go out to lunch), Mums Parkinson’s and Dads Dementia had been worsening and the long term future was set to be a challenge,” he admitted.
Poignantly, he revealed: “Mum said to me only a week ago that she had resigned to thinking ‘now it looks like we will probably go together’. And so they did.
“That was what God had planned for them – and it was a good plan.”
Explaining the facts of the accident, which saw their car career into a river on their farm at Littlebourne, near Canterbury, Kent, he added: “The car, going very slowly, toppled over a bridge on the farm drive, upside down into the river.
“There were no physical injuries and I very much doubt they would have even fought it – they would have held hands under the water and quietly slipped away.
“Their carer was in the car and managed to climb out of a back window so the alarm was raised quite quickly,” he revealed.
“As many farmers do – my brother had a penknife and so was able to cut the seat belts – he pulled them out of the river but they never regained consciousness,” he continued.
“Although desperately sad and shocked beyond all belief – all family are clear that if there can ever be such a thing as having a “good end” – this was it.
“It feels horrendous right now, but after almost 60 years of marriage – to die together on the farm they so loved will, I know, be a comfort in the future.
“Mum Dad are together which is precisely where they would have wanted to be,”(sic) he concluded, adding a single heart emoji to the post.
One of the first to comment on the post was his Location, Location, Location co-presenter Kirstie Allsopp.
“Such a brave and loving statement and so typical of you & your lovely family. So many people have you all in their thoughts and prayers. xxx,” she penned.
The couple were rushed to hospital following the crash, but Richard was pronounced dead before Anne later died.
Their carer, who is in her sixties, sustained minor injuries in the incident.
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