Kerri-Anne Kennerley’s Studio 10 colleagues broke down on Thursday morning as they discussed the death of the star’s husband, John.
Presenters Sarah Harris, Joe Hilderband and Natarsha Belling appeared emotional as they spoke about the businessman’s passing, which was announced just hours earlier.
The tragic news was particularly distressing for fellow co-host Angela Bishop, who cried as she stated: ‘As someone who has been through this, losing my husband Pete just over a year ago, what Kerri-Anne is going through is the worst time of her life’.
‘She is going through the worst time of her life!’ On Thursday, Kerri-Anne Kennerley’s Studio 10 co-hosts paid tearful tribute to the star’s late husband John. Pictured: Joe Hilderbrand and Angela Bishop
Angela’s husband Peter Baikie passed away from cancer in November 2017, leaving her as a widow with a young daughter.
The death of Kerri-Anne’s husband clearly brought back painful memories for Angela, who tearfully continued: ‘The messages of support really do mean something, they really do help in these dark times, so it’s beautiful that people are passing them on to Kerri-Anne’.
Meanwhile, Sarah’s voice quivered as she also spoke about John’s passing and Kerri-Anne’s strength in her husband’s dying days.
Tearful tribute: The Studio 10 cast broke down as they spoke about John’s passing. From left to right: Richard Reid, Natarsha Belling, Joe Hilderband, Sarah Harris and Angela Bishop
‘Kerri-Anne is part of our dysfunctional [Studio 10] family. It’s all for one and one for all, we love you KAK. We’re sending you so much love,’ she stammered.
Meanwhile, a slew of other celebrities also sent their condolences to Kerri-Anne via social media after the veteran talk show host revealed John’s passing in an Instagram post.
Bachelorette star Sophie Monk wrote: ‘Sending all my love, KAK. I’m so sorry.’
‘Sending all my love’: Celebrities flocked to offer their condolences to Kerri-Anne a fter she announced that her husband John had died on Wednesday night
Sydney PR Queen Roxy Jacenko, 39, also commented: ‘KAK I am thinking of you during this terribly sad time. Sending so much love.’
Network Ten star Sandra Sully, 54 offered: ‘KAK – just devastated for you xxx. Biggest hugs.’
‘Oh gosh I am so so terribly sorry Kerri Anne xxx,’ posted former Bachelorette Georgia Love, 30.
John passed away at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital overnight, aged 78
Speaking on Nine’s Today Extra, veteran entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins, 64, said: ‘Such, such sad news. John, just absolutely doted on Kerri-Anne. She was just so wonderful with him through those tough times.
‘They loved going out together and even in the wheelchair she’d take him to opening nights and premieres and things. She will be absolutely devastated.’
Tragic accident: John fractured his neck after falling off a balcony in 2016. Pictured: Kerri-Anne with John
John passed away at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital on Wednesday night, aged 78.
His wife Kerri-Anne announced the tragic news on Instagram on Thursday, writing: ‘It’s with a heavy heart and awful sadness that I let you know that my beautiful husband John passed away last night.
‘As you all know, John has faced some tremendous challenges over the past few years and with each he has been extraordinarily brave and determined to overcome those hurdles and live a normal life.
John passed away at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital overnight, aged 78. Wife Kerri-Anne announced the tragic news on Instagram on Thursday, writing: ‘It’s with a heavy heart and awful sadness that I let you know that my beautiful husband John passed away last night.’
‘I want to thank everyone at St Vincent’s Hospital for the beautiful care they have provided to John in his last days.
‘John passed away peacefully with his son Simon and me by his side. John, you were the love of my life.’
John is survived by two children from a previous marriage.
He was left paralysed after falling from a balcony while taking photos of Kerri-Anne during a golfing tournament in Coffs Harbour, NSW, in March 2016.
He was airlifted to hospital with spinal chord injuries. Doctors operated on his neck after it emerged he had fractured his C3 and C4 vertebrae.
John was put in an induced coma, spent six weeks in intensive care and had multiple operations. Doctors diagnosed him as an incomplete quadriplegic.
They initially warned that John may never again move or speak, but with Kerri-Anne by his side, he managed both.
‘As you all know, John has faced some tremendous challenges over the past few years and with each he has been extraordinarily brave and determined to overcome those hurdles and live a normal life,’ she added
‘I want to thank everyone at St Vincent’s Hospital for the beautiful care they have provided to John in his last days,’ Kerri-Anne also thanked St Vincent’s Hospital for caring for her husband