Eamonn Holmes reveals 'loving' Ruth Langsford's 'guilt' over late sister who was 'tortured by mental depression'

Eamonn Holmes reveals 'loving' Ruth Langsford's 'guilt' over late sister who was 'tortured by mental depression'

TV legend Eamonn Holmes has spoken movingly about his "loving" wife Ruth Langsford's late sister who was "tortured by mental depression".

Ruth's elder sister Julia Johnson, 62, was found dead at home by her husband in June 2019.

The This Morning and Loose Women star was left “distraught” by the tragedy and paid a touching tribute at the time to "the kindest and most gentle soul".

Opening up about their devastating loss, Eamonn told the Daily Star: “It’s just the unanswered questions.

“Sudden death is a very, very ­difficult thing to deal with, and with Julia you know, she was just the most lovely, gentile, kind person.

“I often used to joke to her and Ruth that I got the wrong sister, but she was a lovely, lovely person – tortured by mental depression.

“Ruth was very caring, very loving to her and I think there can often be a guilt when you think, ‘Should I have been there? Where was I?’.”

Julia had been suffering with depression for a number of years.


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At her inquest, the coroner heard she had been diagnosed as improving greatly by a psychiatrist.

But she took her own life while her husband was visiting their daughter.

The landscape gardener had spoken publicly about her battle with the illness.

She also revealed how supportive Ruth had been letting her stay at her home and helping with her confidence.

Ruth said on Twitter after Julia's death: "My lovely sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken.

"She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever. As I am sure you will appreciate I need to take time to grieve with my family. Thank you for your understanding."

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