Lisa Armstrong pays heartbreaking tribute to late dad with sweet memento after he lost cancer battle

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Lisa Armstrong has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her late father Derek.

The 43 year old, who recently shared an adorable moment with a dog while working on set of Alan Carr's new show, tragically lost her dad last year in May after his long and arduous battle with cancer.

Now, Ant McPartlin's ex-wife has shared a sweet memento made in honour of his life with her 40,400 followers.

The star posted a photo of a candle which had pictures of her with her dad when she was a child printed over the sides.

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Lisa shared glimpses from each side of the candle to show her followers how close she was with him as the snap sees Derek holding his daughter close.

Over the post, she wrote: "Thank-you @designitdave that was so sweet of you to think of me and send me this wonderful gift… I love it!!! #mydadda#daddiesgirl#misshimsomuch" [sic]

The make-up artist, who recently stunned fans with her incredible hair transformation, had the candle engraved on one side. It read: "Those we love, don't go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed, still very dear."

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Lisa previously posted a tribute to her dad one year after his untimely death. Sharing a photo of Derek, she wrote: "I can’t believe one year has passed, it still seems so unreal…

"Not a day goes by that I don’t miss you, your smile, your laugh, encouragement & most of all your love…Will always be Daddy’s girl…

"My heart broke this day last year…. RIP… MY DAD MY HERO" [sic], alongside three crying face emojis.

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Lisa's army of followers flocked to the comment section of her post to share words of support as one person wrote: "Isn’t it so hard to loose our daddy, sending a big hug! Treasure the memories x".

Another said: "He had very kind eyes. My dad died when I was 15. 23 years later I still think of him and miss him. Sending you love xxx".

A third commented: "So very hard, focus on the wonderful years you had with him xx," while a fourth added: "He'll be watching over you," alongside two red heart emojis.

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Lisa and her mum Linda were both by Derek's bedside as he died last year. The star had kept his illness a secret as she was also dealing with her highly publicised split from 44 year old Ant.

A source told The Sun at the time: "A lot of people think Lisa is strong, and she is — but she’s had so much to cope with since she and Ant split up.

"There’s been one thing after another and at times she’s felt on her knees. But she’s kept it together and ploughed on."

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