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Paul O’Grady’s daughter Sharon Mousley says she’s ‘distraught’ after dad’s ‘unexpected’ death

Paul O’Grady’s daughter has shared a statement about the “unexpected” death of her father.

Sharon Mousley is the TV star’s only child, and he shared her with his friend Diane Jansen. Mousley was born in 1974 when O’Grady was 18.

O’Grady had a close relastonship with Mousley up until his death, and gave her away at her wedding to husband Philip Mousley.

She also went to Buckingham Palace with her father when he was given an MBE for services to entertainment in 2008.

On Saturday (1 April), Mousley, who has two teenage children,, told Mail Online: “What can I say? We are all devastated, I am, my mum is, everyone is.

“We loved him and we will miss him. We are all distraught.”

O’Grady’s husband Andre Portasio shared the last ever photo they had together earlier this week.

He said in a statement on Thursday (30 March): “I much appreciate you all taking the time to reach out. I’m so very touched and I’m sure Paul would be too!’

It was Portasio who announced O’Grady’s death, stating: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.

“We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.

O’Grady was one of the UK’s best-loved TV stars. His credits include Blankety Blank, which he hosted as Lily Savage, Blind Date and For the Love of Dogs.

In the 2000s, he also presented his own talk show on ITV and Channel 4.

His death led to an outpouring of tributes from the world of entertainment and beyond.

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