Iconic star Paul O’ Grady tragically died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’ Tuesday evening at age 67, it was reported.
But just two weeks before his passing, the late Lily Savage star was mourning his own loss after returning from his theatre tour to discover Tom Tom had been put down.
Posting a video of his pet pig in the pen as he asked, ‘What’s the matter?’, he wrote: ‘Got back from a week in Newcastle playing Miss Hannigan in Annie to find that Tom Tom, one of my pigs had been put to sleep.
‘I knew it was coming as he’d been diagnosed with a tumour but even so it’s awful when you lose a pet.
‘He was the cheekiest of the gang and one of the other pigs who was obviously very fond of him is now depressed and gone into mourning and there’s those who say that animals don’t have feelings.
‘On a lighter note I’m thoroughly enjoying playing Hannigan again after so long especially with a truly amazing and lovely cast. Next stop Edinburgh.’
The post has since been flooded with messages of sadness and condolence from fans who awoke on Wednesday morning to discover the star had died.
Acquaintances of Paul also confirmed there was no sign that anything was wrong with the comedian-turned-presenter who was said to have been laughing and smiling just hours before.
According to Paul’s close friend and colleague Malcolm Prince, Paul was ‘full of life’ when he called in for a visit at the Cheshire-born star’s home yesterday.
In a heartfelt tribute, Malcolm tweeted: ‘Yesterday afternoon I popped round to Paul’s for a good old catch-up.
‘Surrounded by his beloved dogs, he was laughing, smiling, and full of life.
‘He was so proud of (musical) ‘Annie’, so happy to be back on Boom Radio, and he was looking forward to so many new projects.
‘And now he’s gone. I can’t believe it. We have lost a unique talent – and I’ve lost a dear friend. We were all lucky to have Paul in our lives. My heart goes out to Andre, Paul’s family, and friend. Oh how I’ll miss him.’
Malcolm and Paul worked together for years and were fan favourites on the comedian’s Radio 2 show.