DANCING On Ice star Brianne Delcourt has revealed her heartache following the death of her brother.
The professional skater paid a heartfelt tribute to Ryan Brown, who died aged 44, on Instagram.
Sharing his picture, she wrote: "We said our final goodbyes to you yesterday [heartbreak emojis] I so wished all day long that you would of seen the love that was around you @ryanbrown4177.
"You never have to doubt that! thanks for being the best big brother to me and a hell of a lot of people who knew you. Thanks for always being a part of my life and help guiding me and giving me advice about parenthood. Most of all, thanks for making me laugh. I’ll never forget that huge smile and that belly laugh and how you lit up a room whenever you were around.
"Last night was hard, being at your mom's and in a house full of the best people that loved you so so much and just expecting you to walk in and say something cheesy or start teasing me about something. You didn’t…!"
Brianne continued by speaking of her love for Ryan and was comforted that he was now in a "happy place".
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She said: "My only wish is that I could of helped you through this pain you struggled with but I know now that nothing anyone would have said or did would have made things better. As you always said after every message or call ‘talk to ya’ …! This is not a goodbye, this is ‘talk to ya’ later … Love you RyRy. Your little Moonshine 🥃."
Her followers sent her lots of love and their condolences.
One wrote: "Thinking of you and your family. I lost my big sister a few years ago and it feels so strange when they're not in your life any more. Take care. X."
Another posted: "I lost my brother too it’s sad and you never get I’ve for you learn to live with it. They are always by your side x."
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A third said: "Thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult and sad time. Hold dear to the 44 wonderful years of memories, they can never be taken from you."
Brianne is married to retired footballer and former Dancing On Ice star Kevin Kilbane.
They welcomed their second child, Keavy Anne, together in April, 15 months after the birth of their first child, Olivia.
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