I'M A Celebrity star Kadeena Cox has revealed her heartache after finding out her running coach died while she was in the castle.
The Paralympic champion opened up about the tragic death of her former coach Brian Scobie in an emotional social media post.
Kadeena, 30, revealed how she found out Brian had passed away during her time on the show – and that she only found out once she got home.
She posted a series of photographs of herself and Brian together in celebration of his life over the weekend, alongside a heartfelt message.
Kadeena revealed how Brian first started training her as a teen, when he took her on as a "bright eyed and eager" young athlete.
The now-reality star explained: “Last week I celebrated the coaching chain that got me from a school kid who was quick to 4x paralympic champion.
“After leaving the castle on Monday night, I found out an integral part of that chain, passed away whilst I was on the show.
“Finding the right words to say is hard, he wasn’t just a coach who I worked with for 11 years, but a father figure I owe so much to.”
She detailed how she first began training with Brian aged 15, with the coach helping her to become a "great national level athlete".
"He didn’t just coach me, he took me to competitions (always telling mum he’d make sure I was safely back), he paid for races when cash was tight and taught me life lessons I really needed," Kadeena went on.
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“Stopped me from getting into fights when I’d bitten off more than I could chew.”
The athlete gushed over how the coach also supported her throughout her multiple sclerosis battle before he quit coaching when his health deteriorated.
“I cherish the cards I still have and will always be your ‘little bird’," she concluded the emotional post. “Fly high Mr Scobie, you will always hold a special place in my heart."
Friends and fans immediately rushed to the comments section to send Kadeena their best wishes and sympathies.
“I’m so sorry for your loss, he sounds like he was an incredible person – such a beautiful tribute," one fan wrote. "Sympathies go to you."
“So sorry for your loss Kadeena, what an amazing man and lovely tribute to him," a second added, as a third mulled over the athlete's "beautiful words".
Last week, Kadeena revealed how her MS battle meant she needed help getting to the loo during filming for I'm A Celebrity in Gwrych Castle.
Kadeena said: “I thought my MS would be nice to me. Turns out MS is never nice to you, so I really struggled with the fatigue and my spasms were being quite a problem.
"There was points where my speech was really slurred and everyone was really worried about me. There was times when literally the campmates had to help me get into bed, they had to help me get to the toilet, and it was a real struggle.”
Kadeena was the third celebrity to leave the ITV show this year.
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