Sarah Beeny has revealed her father Richard has died.
The presenter, 51, took to Instagram to share an emotional tribute, where she described him as ‘wonderful and a lover of life.’
Richard’s passing is just the latest blow for Sarah after her battle with breast cancer last year, and her recent revelation that her marriage to husband Graham Swift is ‘hanging on by fingernails’.
Posting a gallery of snaps with her dad, Sarah captioned the post: ‘Goodbye my wonderful, fun, supportive, lover of life, father – thank you for just being you – may you rest in peace xxxx.’
Sarah shared a slew of snaps of her architect father Richard, including one snap taken on her wedding day.
Tragic: Sarah Beeny has revealed her father Richard has died, as she took to Instagram on Tuesday to share an emotional tribute
Moving: The presenter took to Instagram to share an emotional tribute, where she descrived him as ‘wonderful and a lover of life’
Moving: Posting a gallery of snaps with her dad, Sarah captioned the post: ‘Goodbye my wonderful, fun, supportive, lover of life, father – thank you for just being you’
Sarah previously revealed Richard’s health struggles after he suffered a stroke six years ago.
She said she didn’t want to reveal his diagnosis to him in case he mistook her for her late mother.
She told The Telegraph: ‘He sometimes knows who I am, then sometimes he doesn’t remember. He knows that his first wife died of breast cancer.
‘He gets lots of things muddled up and my fear is that I tell him, and tell him I’m going to be fine, but he’d remember the fact that I’d got it but not that I was going to get better. He’d think I was my mother.’
Sarah, who battled breast cancer last year, recently revealed she underwent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Sarah was given the all clear in April 2023 and in June she released her documentary Sarah Beeny vs. Cancer which detailed her cancer journey including her double mastectomy.
This week, Sarah had further surgery after testing positive for the PALB2 gene mutation as she shared a photo of herself and Graham embracing outside hospital.
Challenges: Sarah previously revealed Richard’s health struggles after he suffered a stroke six years ago
Hard: She told The Telegraph : ‘He sometimes knows who I am, then sometimes he doesn’t remember’
Proud mum: ‘He gets lots of things muddled up and my fear is that I tell him, and tell him I’m going to be fine,’ she added
Emotional: Sarah shared the tragic news of her father’s passing alongside a gallery of snaps from throughout his life
Sad news: Richard’s passing is just the latest blow for Sarah after her battle with breast cancer, and her revelation that her marriage to husband Graham Swift is ‘hanging on by fingernails’
Giving her fans an update to Instagram she wrote: ‘Turns out little day surgery to whip out my ovaries and tubes as the last tick box after testing positive for PALB2 gene mutation.’
She added: ‘Isn’t quite the walk in the park I expected and flipping smarts – not feeling quite as jolly as when G dropped me this morning….. x’
The gene called PALB2, which was only discovered in 2006, raises the risk of breast cancer when mutated, like the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
Earlier this week, Sarah has reflected on her relationship with artist Graham, who took a break from his lucrative career in art to work on renovating their former dairy farm, saying they have both admitted they stayed together for their teenage kids.
They share four children, sons Billy, 18, Charlie, 16, Rafferty, 14, and Laurie, 12.
‘Graham always said, ‘The day we have to work at our marriage, I’m going to leave’. And I was like, ‘Really?’ But I think he has had to work at it to be honest.’
The star then admitted: ‘I was being particularly horrible, because I have been a bit horrible in the last couple of years to be honest at times.
‘I was being particularly horrible and he said, ‘you know the thing is Sarah, you’re not prepared to leave and have your children half the time, and neither am I, so we’re going to stay together.’
‘And we’re going to stay together happily or unhappily, so which would you like it to be?’ And I was like, oh that is quite dark, isn’t it?
‘He said ‘you wanna be happy or unhappy, because either way we’re still going to live together’, so I was like, ‘OK we’ll do happy then, shall we?’ he was like, ‘what a good idea.
‘Maybe you should be a bit nicer?’ I was like, ‘yeah alright I will.’ So logical, isn’t it?’
Hard times: It comes after Sarah revealed her marriage to her husband Graham Swift is ‘hanging on by fingernails’ after her breast cancer battle
Health: The TV presenter was given the all clear in April 2023 and in June she released her documentary Sarah Beeny vs. Cancer which detailed her cancer journey
Sarah also told how she spoke about their issues with her older brother Diccon who gave her some firm but fair advice.
She said: ‘I rang my brother … and said, ‘right that’s it, Graham’s being so annoying, I think we’re going to split up,’ and he listened to me for ages, yeah, yeah, yeah, he said, ‘I get it Sarah, it must be horrendous being married to him.
‘The only thing I think that could be worse is being married to you.’ So I suggest you go and make up! So all is well.’
The pair married in 2002 after meeting on a blind date when she was just 18.
Back in 2014, Sarah shed light on some of the unique elements of their relationship, saying: ‘I’ve never told my husband I loved him because he’d just tease me and he said them to me either…
‘It’s just a word and I don’t think my relationship with my husband is like anyone else’s so I wouldn’t want to use the same word that everyone uses…
‘I don’t like the word ‘love’ because it has all sorts of connotations of what Hallmark cards say you should do and I don’t think love is predictable…
‘It doesn’t necessarily happen on the 14th of February and it doesn’t come from a card shop and have sparkly red hearts on it – it’s just making somebody know that you care about them.’
Sarah recently revealed she’s undergone gene testing to determine her family’s risk of developing cancer, after her own battle with the disease.
The star was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2022 and underwent gruelling chemotherapy, as well as a double mastectomy.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and affects more than two MILLION women a year
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Each year in the UK there are more than 55,000 new cases, and the disease claims the lives of 11,500 women. In the US, it strikes 266,000 each year and kills 40,000. But what causes it and how can it be treated?
What is breast cancer?
It comes from a cancerous cell which develops in the lining of a duct or lobule in one of the breasts.
When the breast cancer has spread into surrounding tissue it is called ‘invasive’. Some people are diagnosed with ‘carcinoma in situ’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.
Most cases develop in those over the age of 50 but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men, though this is rare.
Staging indicates how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 means the cancer has spread to another part of the body.
The cancerous cells are graded from low, which means a slow growth, to high, which is fast-growing. High-grade cancers are more likely to come back after they have first been treated.
What causes breast cancer?
A cancerous tumour starts from one abnormal cell. The exact reason why a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is thought that something damages or alters certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiply ‘out of control’.
Although breast cancer can develop for no apparent reason, there are some risk factors that can increase the chance, such as genetics.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most are not cancerous and are fluid filled cysts, which are benign.
The first place that breast cancer usually spreads to is the lymph nodes in the armpit. If this occurs you will develop a swelling or lump in an armpit.
How is breast cancer diagnosed?
- Initial assessment: A doctor examines the breasts and armpits. They may do tests such as a mammography, a special x-ray of the breast tissue which can indicate the possibility of tumours.
- Biopsy: A biopsy is when a small sample of tissue is removed from a part of the body. The sample is then examined under a microscope to look for abnormal cells. The sample can confirm or rule out cancer.
If you are confirmed to have breast cancer, further tests may be needed to assess if it has spread. For example, blood tests, an ultrasound scan of the liver or a chest X-ray.
How is breast cancer treated?
Treatment options which may be considered include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone treatment. Often a combination of two or more of these treatments are used.
- Surgery: Breast-conserving surgery or the removal of the affected breast depending on the size of the tumour.
- Radiotherapy: A treatment which uses high energy beams of radiation focused on cancerous tissue. This kills cancer cells, or stops them from multiplying. It is mainly used in addition to surgery.
- Chemotherapy: A treatment of cancer by using anti-cancer drugs which kill cancer cells, or stop them from multiplying.
- Hormone treatments: Some types of breast cancer are affected by the ‘female’ hormone oestrogen, which can stimulate the cancer cells to divide and multiply. Treatments which reduce the level of these hormones, or prevent them from working, are commonly used in people with breast cancer.
How successful is treatment?
The outlook is best in those who are diagnosed when the cancer is still small, and has not spread. Surgical removal of a tumour in an early stage may then give a good chance of cure.
The routine mammography offered to women between the ages of 50 and 70 means more breast cancers are being diagnosed and treated at an early stage.
For more information visit breastcancernow.org or call its free helpline on 0808 800 6000