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Kylie Gillies fought back tears live on-air when revealing the heartbreaking news that her father, Ron, had died at the age of 91 and she was unable to attend his funeral in person.
The Morning Show host paid a loving tribute to her dad on Tuesday morning, explaining that his passing was the reason for her recent absence from the show.
“In the early hours of last Tuesday, we lost one of life's true gentlemen and the kindest man I know: my dad,” she began.
Kylie described her father as a “proud protector” to her and her sister Stacy and an “adored grandpa” to her sons, Gus and Archie, and her nieces, Anna and Julia.
“Dad - Ron or Ronnie, as he was known - loved the footy and cars and people. Gee, he loved to chat to anyone and everyone.”
The Channel Seven personality went on to explain that because of Queensland’s border restrictions, she couldn’t attend the funeral on Monday.
“Tony [Gillies], the boys and myself had to watch a livestream in our lounge room,” she said.
“If I could’ve crawled through the computer screen to get there and give my mum and sister a hug, I would have.
“As mum said in her letter to dad, ‘Thank you for the life you gave us’. We will love and miss you forever.”
The TV tribute comes shortly after Kylie shared a slideshow of loving memories to her Instagram announcing the news that her father had passed on August 31.
“We are heartbroken but thankful. You looked after us all for so long,” she captioned the video.
A number of her famous followers took to the comments to send love to Kylie, including her current and former Channel Seven colleagues.
“It feels soooo wrong to tap this for a ‘like’, I wish there was a tap for ‘heartbroken’ option,” Kylie’s co-host Larry Emdur replied. “I know how important this great man was in your life Kyles and we’re sending you and the family all our love x.”
“Oh Kyles I’m so very sorry. Your darling dad. Life will never be the same but all the beautiful memories will be with you all forever. Thinking of you all,” Sunrise host Natalie Barr wrote.
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