Shirley Ballas shares tribute to late brother David
5 February 2019 - 1:00 PM

Shirley Ballas shares tribute to late brother David

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Shirley Ballas has shared a heart-breaking tribute to her late brother David, on what would have been his 60th birthday.

The 58-year-old pro dancer took to Instagram to post a collection of photos of her sibling - who took his own life in December 2003, aged just 44 - and the "Strictly Come Dancing" judge admitted there isn't "a day that goes by" when she doesn't think about him.

She wrote: "Dear David today 5 the Feb 2019 you would have been the big 60. There is not a day that goes by in my life without you coming to my mind.

"The best brother I could have wished for. Protective, caring and kind of your family. We for sure came first. I wish I could turn the clock back in time and be more aware of mental health and the fact that we all need to share more how we feel.

"For the years I had with you I am so grateful ,,the fun memories ,, the fact I always felt so safe with you in my life. As we make are way through this short life with all its twists and turns I will hold you close in my heart so you are always on this journey with me. (sic)"

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The TV presenter went on to highlight the importance of mental health awareness, and said she felt "closer than ever" to her big brother.

She added: "Seems like yesterday I had my last cuddle with you but I feel you closer than ever. RIP David I love you. #mentalhealthawareness #suicide #suicideprevention #communication #journey #life #brother #son #uncle #dad (sic)"

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