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The Block: Kirsty Lee Akers’ grandmother dies during filming

Heartbreak for The Block star Kirsty Lee Akers as the grandmother who raised her dies during filming


Kirsty Lee Akers’ world turns upside down when she receives a heartbreaking call from home on The Block this week. 

She learns that her grandmother Ellen Margaret, who helped raise her, has died.

‘I’ve never been more devastated in my life. My nan was my world,’ the 33-year-old country singer told Woman’s Day.

Heartbreak: The Block star Kirsty Lee Akers’ world turns upside down when she learns this week that her grandmother Ellen Margaret, who helped raise her, has died

‘My mum was only 16 when she fell pregnant with me, so my nan played a big role in helping raise me,’ she added.

Kirsty said she knew something was wrong when her mother phoned her on a weekday when she was busy on the building site.

‘I always call my family on Sunday night after judging to let them know how we’ve gone,’ she told TV Week.

‘When I was working in the front yard I could see mum was calling [and] I knew straight away something was wrong. She was phoning to tell me my nan had passed away.’

Devastating: 'I've never been more devastated in my life. My nan was my world,' the 33-year-old country singer told Woman's Day. Kirsty Lee pictured with her grandmother Ellen Margaret

Devastating: ‘I’ve never been more devastated in my life. My nan was my world,’ the 33-year-old country singer told Woman’s Day. Kirsty Lee pictured with her grandmother Ellen Margaret

Sad loss: 'My mum was only 16 whn she fell pregnant with me, so my Nan played a big role in helping raise me,' she added.

Sad loss: ‘My mum was only 16 when she fell pregnant with me, so my Nan played a big role in helping raise me,’ she added

Kirsty and her husband Jesse Anderson left the worksite to be with her family on the Central Coast.

While they were away, fellow Blockheads Mitch and Mark, and Ronnie and Georgia, pitched in to help the couple with their renovations. 

‘Everyone was flat out with their own houses, so to think they would drop what they were doing and come to our place to help so we didn’t fall too far behind was incredible,’ Kirsty said.

Supportive Blockheads: Kirsty and her husband Jesse Anderson (right) left the worksite to be with her family on the Central Coast. While they were away, fellow Blockheads Mitch and Mark, and Ronnie and Georgia, pitched in to help the couple with their renovations

Supportive Blockheads: Kirsty and her husband Jesse Anderson (right) left the worksite to be with her family on the Central Coast. While they were away, fellow Blockheads Mitch and Mark, and Ronnie and Georgia, pitched in to help the couple with their renovations

The sad news comes after Kirsty and her husband of seven years overcame some controversy on the Nine renovation show.

The couple were in panic mode last month when they realised they were struggling to finish their bathroom  on time.

‘The bathroom proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back,’ an insider said.

Stressful: The high school sweethearts were in panic mode last month when they realised they might not finish their renovation on time

Stressful: The high school sweethearts were in panic mode last month when they realised they might not finish their renovation on time

However, the pair’s determination to stick together help them in the end.

It comes after the high school sweethearts said it was important to have ‘each other’s backs’ at all times.

‘I can’t even imagine being in a situation where Jesse wouldn’t have my back, even if I was in the wrong,’ Kirsty told 9Now in August.

‘But he’d always have my back and support me 100 per cent and the same with him as well.’

The Block continues Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel Nine

Tune in: The Block continues Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel Nine

Tune in: The Block continues Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel Nine 

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