ITV’s Dermot O’Leary fights tears saying Sinead O’Connor’s death ‘broke’ him
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    Dermot O'Leary struggled to contain his emotion as he paid tribute to Sinead O'Connor.

    The star took to the airwaves to present Thursday's edition (27 July) of This Morning alongside his usual Friday co-host Alison Hammond.

    They welcomed LBC presenter Tom Swarbrick and Isla Traquair onto the flagship ITV Daytime show to talk through the biggest news stories of the day.

    READ MORE: Sinead O'Connor's emotional last social media post before tragic death aged 56

    However, Dermot, 50, struggled to contain his emotions whilst the group reported the news about the sad death of the 56-year-old Nothing Compares 2 U singer.

    After reading out the statement from her family, the presenter sighed as he kicked off the conversation.

    He said: "I mean, singer, campaigner, she was an extraordinary person.

    "I didn't have the chance to meet her, several of my friends did and obviously coming from an Irish family, she was a proper icon."

    Later on, Dermot reflected on a particular moment in Ireland from the singer's career that had a profound impact on him.

    "She did a performance where I watched about three times back to back last night," he continued.

    "[I've] seen it before many times, but I just rewatched it last night and it just broke me.

    "She was the RTE Late, Late Show, which is this iconic chat show back in Ireland and she performed Nothing Compares 2 U, it's beautiful."

    "She was all dressed in red and its just with an orchestra, and you can just hear a pin drop."

    When the clip of the performance aired, Dermot let out a dramatic sigh and struggled to hold back tears as he urged viewers to watch that performance back in full.

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    • ITV
    • This Morning
    • Family
    • Dermot O’Leary
    • Alison Hammond

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