Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield pay touching tribute to This Morning cameraman after he passes away

HOLLY Willoughby and Phillip Schofield paid a touching tribute to a This Morning cameraman after he died earlier this week.

The presenters opened today's show with a sad message for viewers that cameraman Charlie, who had worked on the show for 10 years, had passed away on Tuesday.

Phillip, 57, said: "We're starting with some very sad news about one of our team here."

Holly Willoughby, 38, continued: "Yes one of our long standing crew members, Charlie Hart, passed away yesterday after battling a long term illness."

Phillip added: "Charlie spent more than 10 years with us here at ITV and it wasn't just behind the cameras that he played an important role, occasionally we managed to tease him out in front of the camera, even appearing in our fashion items."

The programme then showed a clip of Charlie walking the catwalk in a new outfit, and discussing his thoughts on the ensemble with Phil and co-host that day, Rochelle Humes.

As the clip ended, Phil said: "Such a lovely guy, and we all really miss him.

"Our thoughts are with all his family, his children, his grandchildren and his wife Tina."

Holly added: "Yes we just want you to know that he will be sorely missed, that's for sure."

Rylan Clark-Neal – who regularly works on the show – took to Instagram to share a snap of Charlie enjoying some pie and mash.

He wrote: "Absolutely devastated to hear that lovely Charlie from This morning has passed away.

"There’s decent people then there’s him. One of a kind. Will miss you mate x."

Eamonn Holmes, who hosts the show on Fridays and during the school holidays with wife Ruth Langsford commented: "Charlie Hart , you've broken our Hearts by leaving . So sad. Gone too soon."

This Morning has had a number of sad situations occur in recent years, with agony aunt Denise Robertson passing away in 2016.

Viewers were also left heartbroken after the show's former producer Amy May Shead, 31, was left severely brain damaged after suffering anaphylactic shock from a meal containing nuts.

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