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Lauren Laverne is ‘utterly heartbroken’ by her mum’s death as she pulls out of Glastonbury coverage

Heartbroken BBC radio host Lauren Laverne reveals her mother has passed away and withdraws from BBC Glastonbury coverage

  • Lauren was at Glastonbury Festival in Somerset when she discovered the news
  • The presenter reported on the festival for BBC Radio 6 at the time
  • Lauren shared her ‘utter heartbreak’ in an emotional Instagram post
  • Lauren shared how her mum Celia Gofton was ‘looking forward to seeing Paul McCartney headline the festival on Saturday night’

Lauren Laverne has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her mother Celia Gofton after she died suddenly while the radio host was presenting at Glastonbury Festival.

The 44-year-old host of the radio breakfast show, which covers the Somerset festival for the BBC, honored her mother with an emotional Instagram post.

The DJ shared a sweet post about how Celia was the “most compassionate and tenacious person I’ve ever met” while sharing her “utter heartbreak.”

So sad: Lauren Laverne has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her mother Celia Gofton after she died suddenly while the radio host presented at Glastonbury Festival

So sad: Lauren Laverne has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her mother Celia Gofton after she died suddenly while the radio host presented at Glastonbury Festival

Lauren started her post on Instagram: ‘Yesterday I lost my mother, Celia. She was the nicest, most compassionate and most persistent person I have ever met. Born in the midst of nine children, she was a master peacemaker and persuader.’

She continued in the extended post to describe her mother’s life, from school to nursing at UCLH.

Lauren explained: “She was 11+ and went to high school, which changed the direction of our family forever. I met my father at the age of 16 and loved him every day of her life.

'Utterly heartbroken': The 44-year-old host of the radio breakfast show, who covers the Somerset festival for the BBC, shared a sweet photo of her and her mother on Instagram (pictured earlier this week)

‘Utterly heartbroken’: The 44-year-old host of the radio breakfast show, who covers the Somerset festival for the BBC, shared a sweet photo of her and her mother on Instagram (pictured earlier this week)

Throwback: The DJ shared a sweet post about how Celia was the 'most compassionate and tenacious person I've ever met'

Throwback: The DJ shared a sweet post about how Celia was the ‘most compassionate and tenacious person I’ve ever met’

“She ran the only reggae club night in the NE and told me that being young in the 60s felt like that phrase in Mr Tambourine Man ‘dancing under the diamond sky with one hand waving free’.”

‘She worked as a seamstress and casino dancer (also made costumes for the company) to pay for her studies and became a great teacher, eventually running all Sunderland schools.

Somewhere down the line she had me and my brother and got political (she once chased someone from the BNP down our garden path with a rolling pin in one hand and I in the other) protested at Greenham Common and eventually became a councillor.

Happier times: The TV star shared a gallery of photos of herself and Celia, beaming in selfies alongside the heartbreaking message

Happier times: The TV star shared a gallery of photos of herself and Celia, beaming in selfies alongside the heartbreaking message

“She loved helping people, especially those who liked her knew what it was like growing up without it.

The BBC star continued: ‘She had watched so many decades of history documentaries that when we met historian Michael Wood, they chatted like colleagues.

“She loved children and was the most devoted and adored mother and grandmother you could ever meet. But she also knew that mother is both a verb and a noun, and has mothered so many others who have needed love and support all her life.”

Thanking everyone: She continued in the lengthy post taking her mother's life from school to thank those who took care of her at UCLH

Thanking everyone: She continued in the lengthy post taking her mother’s life from school to thank those who took care of her at UCLH

So sweet: Lauren said her mom Celia had been 'looking forward to seeing Paulie' (Paul McCartney) on stage tonight before the tragic news

So sweet: Lauren said her mom Celia had been ‘looking forward to seeing Paulie’ (Paul McCartney) on stage tonight before the tragic news

She closed the post by thanking the “team at UCHL who took care of her mother and her family at the end of her life.”

Lauren wrote: ‘She made connections wherever she went, including with the incredible teams at UCLH who looked after her – and us – at the end of her life. Thanks to them for everything.

“We are all devastated to lose her. She had just given the kids their Glastonbury pocket money and was looking forward to watching Paulie tonight (as he was always known in our house – her favorite Beatle).

Festival: The presenter was at the festival when the news was announced

Festival: The presenter was at the festival when the news was announced

‘She had been a fan since she saw him in the Sunderland Empire in 1963 (and later met him with me – he was just sweet to her).

“Mom, I love you forever. Thank you for my wonderful life. I have no idea what to do without you, but I’m going to try to make it interesting and you’ll be in my heart, always XXX.”

Several familiar faces rushed to the comment section of the post to share their condolences, including Alex Jones, Davina McCall, Claudia Winkleman, Myleene Klass and many more from The One Show.

Lauren rose to fame in the 1990s as the lead singer and guitarist for the rock band Kenickie.

The band consisted of Lauren, her brother Pete – AKA Johnny X – Marie du Santiago and Emmy-Kate Montrose.

Since switching to presenting, she is known for her work for The One Show and BBC Radio 6.

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Amazing: Several famous faces rushed to the comment section of the post to share their condolences, including Alex Jones, Davina McCall, Claudia Winkleman, Myleen Klass and many more from The One Show

Amazing: Several famous faces rushed to the comment section of the post to share their condolences, including Alex Jones, Davina McCall, Claudia Winkleman, Myleen Klass and many more from The One Show

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