James Martin's heartbreaking tribute to Paul O'Grady revealed

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James Martin was among the many stars who paid tribute to Paul O'Grady following the news of his "unexpected" death this week.

Taking to Instagram, the celebrity chef shared a throwback picture of the late comedian and wrote: "Such sad news, a wonderful man and it was a pleasure to have worked with him… Rest in peace."

Fans flooded the post with messages, with one writing: "The country has lost a true ambassador for animals a true down-to-earth gentleman." Another said: "Very SAD news. An absolute wonderful man."

A third post read: "Absolutely devastating… Such a beautiful soul Paul.. and all the work he did for Battersea Dogs and Cats.. plus rescuing so many himself and taking the Dogs home. He was truly amazing, kind, and compassionate."

On Wednesday, it was announced Paul passed away unexpectedly at the age of 67. His husband Andre Portasio said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.

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"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."

James Martin on This Morning
James Martin on This Morning

According to Malcolm Prince, the producer of Paul's radio show, the star spent his last day laughing and surrounded by his "beloved dogs".

Sharing an emotional statement on Twitter, he wrote: "I'm heartbroken. Yesterday afternoon, I popped around to Paul's for a good old catch-up. Surrounded by his beloved dogs, he was laughing, smiling, and full of life. He was so proud of 'Annie', so happy to be back on Boom Radio, and he was looking forward to so many new projects.

"And now he's gone. I can't believe it. We have lost a unique talent - and I've lost a dear friend. We were all lucky to have Paul in our lives. My heart goes out to Andre, Paul's family, and friends. Oh how I'Il miss him."

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