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Rick Stein and wife Sarah Burns at their home in Mollymook, Australia

Rick Stein is still struggling to forgive his father for committing suicide when the famous chef was only 17

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Rick Stein and wife Sarah Burns at their home in Mollymook, Australia

Rick Stein and wife Sarah Burns at their home in Mollymook, Australia

Rick Stein said he still has trouble forgiving his father & # 39; for committing suicide when he was a teenager.

The chef was 17 when his father Eric, who had bipolar disorder, died during a family vacation in Cornwall.

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Now 72, Stein says that the pain of losing loved ones is not getting easier & # 39 ;.

& # 39; It is very difficult to forgive people who commit suicide, & # 39; he said to Radio Times.

Stein said he still responds to his father's style, his sense of humor, his kind of pleasure in things.

But he added: & # 39; You realize that you are also damaged by the same person.

& # 39; He (Eric) did not really care for his children, he has never been cruel to us.

& # 39; It was just that he had his own demons. & # 39;

Eric was 58 when he committed suicide during a walk along the coast.

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& # 39; I had to deal with fairly large disasters at a young age, & # 39; said Stein.

& # 39; Losing close relatives is not getting easier, really, but losing your parents is the problem.

Loss: Stein, 13, with his sister Henrietta and father in Tuscany in 1960. The chef was 17 when his father Eric (right), who had bipolar disorder, died during a family vacation in Cornwall

Loss: Stein, 13, with his sister Henrietta and father in Tuscany in 1960. The chef was 17 when his father Eric (right), who had bipolar disorder, died during a family vacation in Cornwall

Loss: Stein, 13, with his sister Henrietta and father in Tuscany in 1960. The chef was 17 when his father Eric (right), who had bipolar disorder, died during a family vacation in Cornwall

Now 72, Stein (photo) says the pain of losing loved ones & # 39; doesn't get easier & # 39;

Now 72, Stein (photo) says the pain of losing loved ones & # 39; doesn't get easier & # 39;

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Now 72, Stein (photo) says the pain of losing loved ones & # 39; doesn't get easier & # 39;

& # 39; I think I just keep feeling the need to prove yourself, and that is probably due to a somewhat overwhelming father. & # 39;

But Stein added that the tragedy has given him perspective in later life.

& # 39; The things that were so dramatic and catastrophic in the early days, you know, will be fine. I am not afraid of the things that I was afraid of in my years & # 39; 30 and & # 39; 40, & # 39; he said.

Stein has three sons with his ex-wife Jill Newstead. He married his Australian book writer Sarah Burns in 2011 and is the stepfather of her two children.

  • For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116 123, go to a branch or visit samaritans.org
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