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Sophie Ellis-Bextor reveals that her ‘funny, smart and solid’ stepfather John has passed away

‘The love he and my mom created will last forever’: Sophie Ellis-Bextor reveals her ‘funny, smart and solid’ stepfather John Leach has passed away

Sophie Ellis-Bextor paid tribute to her ‘funny, smart and solid’ stepfather after he died last week after a battle with stage four lung cancer.

The musician, 41, revealed that her stepfather John Leach’s death was ‘not unexpected but cruel’ and said the love he and her mother, former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis, 64, ‘will last forever’ .

Sophie praised the couple’s “ inspiring marriage ” and revealed that she wrote her 2013 song Young Blood about them, posting a photo of TV producer John in his garden on her Instagram page on Thursday.

Tragic: Sophie Ellis-Bextor paid tribute to her 'funny, smart and solid' stepfather John Leach (pictured) after dying last week after a battle with stage four lung cancer

Tragic: Sophie Ellis-Bextor paid tribute to her 'funny, smart and solid' stepfather John Leach (pictured) after dying last week after a battle with stage four lung cancer

Tragic: Sophie Ellis-Bextor paid tribute to her ‘funny, smart and solid’ stepfather John Leach (pictured) after dying last week after a battle with stage four lung cancer

She wrote, “This is my stepfather, John. He’s been a big part of my life since I was a kid. I can’t believe it’s true, but he died last week.

“It was not unexpected, but it was cruel. Yet the love he and my mom created is everywhere in our family and it will last forever. Their marriage was truly inspiring – I even wrote Young Blood about it. ‘

The mother of five continued: ‘I am so lucky that I was brought up and raised by him.

'The love he and my mom created will last forever': The musician (photo onstage in 2019), 41, revealed the death of her stepfather John Leach 'was not unexpected but cruel'

'The love he and my mom created will last forever': The musician (photo onstage in 2019), 41, revealed the death of her stepfather John Leach 'was not unexpected but cruel'

‘The love he and my mom created will last forever’: The musician (photo onstage in 2019), 41, revealed the death of her stepfather John Leach ‘was not unexpected but cruel’

“He really was the most beautiful person. Friendly, good, funny, smart, subtle, solid and clear. It will always be sad that he is not there, but I am grateful for everything he did for us and for so many happy memories.

“Love is the most powerful of all and it survives everything. Xxx. ‘

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