Much loved Agony Aunt Denise Robertson has died at the age of 83.
Denise Robertson, This Morning‘s much loved and revered Agony Aunt has died after a “short but determined” battle with cancer.
The advice specialist revealed she had pancreatic cancer earlier this year, in February, on This Morning, a programme which she has been with since its first broadcast in 1998. Her appearances on TV made her an icon of the advice world.
Through the years Denise had helped thousands of people on air, sometimes even helping members of the LGBT community come to terms with their sexuality and dealing with family members when coming out.
Denise’s family read out a prepared statement on Friday’s show, saying
“The world has lost an extraordinary woman,”
Whilst colleague Holly Willoughby said,
“Whatever she did on screen, it was the tip of the iceberg really, because she continued to help people behind the scenes.
“She was a real fighter for everybody.”
In 2013 she was awarded an MBE
Last year she helped a man who’s boyfriend was afraid to come out because he was a teacher.
Former presenter of This Morning, Richard Madeley said that Denise was,
“was probably the best agony aunt in the business”.
“What very few people will know, the viewers certainly won’t know this, is that when a show was over Denise would stay in the phone-in room sometimes for hours, well into the afternoon, talking to people, who hadn’t been able to get on the air or continuing to counsel people who had,” he said.
“She’d give up so much of her time and she made a difference. She was a truly, truly, wonderful, warm-hearted and wise woman.”