Sunrise's Sam Armytage shares touching tribute to late mother

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Sam Armytage has shared a touching tribute to her mother, Libby, who passed away shortly before her 69th birthday on November 3.

The Sunrise host, 44, announced the sad news in a heartfelt Instagram post on Saturday afternoon, honouring her “beautiful mumma” as “kind, loving and loyal”.

Sam with her late mum, Libby, and dad, Mac Armytage. Photo: Instagram/sam_armytage.
Sam with her late mum, Libby, and dad, Mac Armytage. Photo: Instagram/sam_armytage.

“Last Tuesday afternoon, a little while after the Melbourne Cup was run, our beautiful mumma passed away, just 10 days before her 69th birthday,” the TV personality wrote.

“She had fought bravely for a long time and suffered a lot, but finally her big-loving heart just couldn’t do it anymore.

“Mums are the centre of a family and losing ours has thrown us all in a spin & left a huge, irreparable hole in each of our hearts.

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Libby passed away just 10 days before her 69th birthday, Sam wrote. Photo: Instagram/sam_armytage.
Libby passed away just 10 days before her 69th birthday, Sam wrote. Photo: Instagram/sam_armytage.

“We are very, very sad. She was wonderful; kind, loving, loyal, wildly wicked, funny & formidable.

This is her ‘happy place’, her rose garden, where we remember her. She will be missed forever, but she’s at peace now... forever an angel. RIP Libby Armytage 13/11/51-3/11/20.”

Sam, who got engaged to businessman Richard Lavender, 61, in June, posted several family photos including a snap of her with her parents and another of her mother’s beloved garden.

Back in August, the Channel 7 star revealed that both her parents had been admitted to hospital.

Taking to Instagram, Sam explained that her mum Libby — who had been “gravely ill for a while” — was being treated for heart failure caused by an ‘autoimmune disease’.

Her father Mac, who lives on the family farm in Wagga, suffered a stroke on his way to visit his wife and was lucky to survive.

Sam added that her dad was currently in rehab and her mum was in a stable condition at the time.

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