Dean Gaffney left 'broken' as famous faces rush to support star following devastating family loss

Dean Gaffney

Dean Gaffney announces the death of his mother

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 14/08/2023

- 14:49

Updated: 14/08/2023

- 14:52

The former EastEnders star took to Instagram to share some heartbreaking news

Dean Gaffney has announced the death of his mother Marian at the age of 69 in a heartfelt tribute.

The actor admitted he is "broken" by his mother's passing as he penned a lengthy statement beside a snap of the two of them.

Gaffney penned to his 110k followers: "I am simply broken to share that my beautiful selfless mother Marian has sadly passed away.

"I was, am and always will be a mummy’s boy so this news has completely floored me.

"I spoke to her every day and in some ways I’m glad I’m the one that found her asleep.

"I will retain all the amazing memories that we shared and whilst I understand the circle of life means everyone will feel this pain at some point in their lives, life can be very cruel at times, 69 is no age."

Dean Gaffney

Dean Gaffney is best known for starring in EastEnders


He continued: "To know I will never be able to physically see or speak to her ever again is beyond any pain I’ve ever experienced in my life.

"We all tell our parents and loved ones we love them flippantly at the end of a phone call but please tell them you actually really love them… put down that phone when you’re with them, as my mums only criticism of me was that I would be on my phone when in her company. Life really does change from one minute to the next.

"I truly love you Mum, you don’t only hold a special place in my heart, you are my heart.

"For anyone that knew her, I don’t need to remind you of who my mum was as a person for others that don’t, she was the most amazing selfless, caring, generous soul to ever walk the earth."

Gaffney signed off his heartfelt tribute with the words: "Mum, I truly love you."

A number of fans, friends, colleagues and celebrities took the time to send Gaffney their condolences following the sad news.

A Place in the Sun's Laura Hamilton replied: "Sending lots of love and sorry for your loss."

While Carol Vorderman echoed: "Oh Dean. I'm so very sorry to hear your loved her so much and she would have been so proud of you. Sending love as ever."

Dean Gaffney in a suit

Dean Gaffney has been supported by a number of famous friends


Elsewhere, Coronation Street and Waterloo Road star Kym Marsh replied: "Ah Dean I’m so sorry. Sending you so much love x."

And former EastEnders star Jake Wood said: "So sorry Dean," followed by a heartbroken emoji.

Meanwhile, TOWIE's Amy Childs commented: "So sorry to hear this Dean… xxx."

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