Holly Willoughby is unable to hold back the tears as Simon Thomas speaks about losing his wife to cancer on This Morning

Holly Willoughby was left in tears as Simon Thomas opened up about losing his wife to cancer on This Morning earlier today.

The TV presenter struggled to hide her emotions as the 40-year-old recounted the last few days he spent with Gemma before she passed away in November last year.

‘The night before our close friends came round and prayed with her and all the results looked promising,’ Simon told the show’s hosts, Holly and Phillip Schofield.

‘But later that night she began to become more confused and he had to help her to the bathroom’, he added.

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Simon opened up about losing his wife on This Morning

Devastatingly, Simon went on reveal that that moment was the last he shared with Gemma, who lost her life soon after learning she had leukaemia.

He continued: ‘I put her back to bed at half four and that was the last time I spoke to her. I never had the chance to even say goodbye.’

Simon then opened up about the heartbreaking moment of telling his son Ethan that his mother had died.

‘I looked into his deep brown eyes and I collapsed on the floor and held him and just cried with him,’ he said.

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Deeply moved by Simon’s story, Holly began to cry, prompting her co-presenter to hand her a tissue.

‘I’m sorry, you shouldn’t be having to comfort me as well,’ she told Simon.

It’s clear that Holly wasn’t the only one to well up at Simon’s appearance on the programme.

‘What a brave lovely man and Dad @SimonThomasSky is. I’m crying watching him on @thismorning sending lots of love to him and his boy x,’ model Nicola McLean wrote on Twitter.

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Holly was left in tears after her conversation with Simon

A number of fans also found themselves distraught by the broadcast.

‘Was stressed out with a few things earlier. Then watched the interview this morning with @SimonThomasSky and it literally broke me,’ said one.

‘Puts life into perspective. So sad. Love to you and your boy Ethan.’

Another added: ‘Omg that interview with Simon Thomas on @thismorning really got me. Don’t know how he kept it together so well cause I definitely couldn’t have.’