‘Huge hole in my sky’ David Baddiel pens emotional tribute after dad Colin dies

David Baddiel explores Pick disease in The Trouble With Dad

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On Tuesday evening, comic David Baddiel, 57, broke the sad news that his dad Colin had died. The documentary star passed away at the age of 87, after suffering a long battle with dementia.

Thank so much to all of you who sent unbelievably lovely messages about him

David Baddiel

Taking to Twitter to announce his passing, David wrote: “My dad Colin Baddiel died earlier tonight.

“Thank so much to all of you who sent unbelievably lovely messages about him in response to all my posts over the years.

“He leaves a huge hole in my sky.”

He followed up with a separate tweet, where he paid a special thanks to the hard-working carers who looked after his dad over the past few years, right up until the very end.

“Thanks so much for all your incredible messages of support,” he reiterated.

“It all so helps. I’d like to also thank while I’m here @bowles_clive, Sandra Wiseman and all the other amazing carers who helped look after my dad for the last seven years.”

Among those sending their condolences was Piers Morgan, who penned: “Oh no. So sorry to hear this, David. He seemed such a wonderful character and I loved your relationship. RIP Colin.”

Fellow comedian Sarah Millican also said: “So sorry for your loss David.”

Others rushed to the comments section to also send him and his family their love during this tough time.

One said: “So sorry to hear about your Dad, David. I have read various tweets and he seemed quite a character, even in his later years as dementia took hold. I also have a parent with dementia and know the worries of trying to keep them safe through difficult times, yet let them live a little.”

Another added: “Very sorry for your loss. Try and stay strong, its probably what your dad would want you to do + when you’re generally struggling, think about what would your dad tell or advise you to do…”

“All on the same train, just get off at different stops. All the very very best Mr B. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family,” a third penned.

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A fourth praised him for his updates on Colin: “So sorry to hear about your dad David. From your ‘dad bulletins’ it felt almost as if I knew him.”

Someone else agreed: “So sorry for your loss. I think I and loads of others felt like we knew him somehow through you and all your photos and footage and brilliantly vivid descriptions of him.”

While a fifth said: “All the best, David. Your tweets about him have been very touching.”

Colin became an unlikely celebrity when he appeared alongside David and his brother Ivor on Channel 4 programme, The Trouble with Dad.

The show highlighted his bizarre, often hilarious interactions, which gave viewers a rare insight into the impact of Pick’s disease, a rare dementia that affects parts of the brain that control emotions, behaviour, personality and language.

The family had to arrange for Colin to be cared for in his own house when residential homes refused to take him because of his occasional aggressive behaviour, his frequent rudeness and a compulsion to talk graphically and often about sex.

Colin’s illness first surfaced more than a decade ago but the family had faced a crisis in 2014 when his wife Sarah Fabian Baddiel, who was his main carer, died suddenly aged 75, after 54 years of marriage.

With David’s touching social media updates on his father’s health, Colin will be remembered by many.


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