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20 celebrities detail their heartbreaking experience with grief – including John Travolta and Celine Dion

20 celebrities detail their heartbreaking experience with grief – including John Travolta and Celine Dion

10/23/2021 9:49:00 PM

20 celebrities detail their heartbreaking experience with grief – including John Travolta and Celine Dion

Here are some celebrities that have struggled with grief – from Mary Berry and Debbie McGee to Celine Dion and John Travolta

 lost his wife Natasha Richardson in 2009 in a skiing accident. Speaking in 2014 in an interview with Anderson Cooper, aired on CBS show60 Minutes,the actor explained: “[Her death] was never real. It still kind of isn’t. There’s periods now in our New York residence when I hear the door opening, especially the first couple of years… Anytime I hear that door opening, I still think I’m going to hear her." The star was struck with continual grief, explaining on the show: "It hits you. It’s like a wave. You just get this profound feeling of instability. The Earth isn’t stable anymore and then it passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes."

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Photo: © Getty Images/19Rio FerdinandRio Ferdinand was left devastated when his wife Rebecca passed away in 2015 at the age of 34. The former fitness trainer sadly lost her life to breast cancer, leaving behind their three children. The footballer's wife was diagnosed in 2014 and received treatment shortly after. In a heartbreaking statement following the death, Rio explained: “Rebecca, my wonderful wife, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. She was a fantastic loving mother to our three beautiful children. She will be missed as a wife, sister, aunt, daughter and granddaughter. She will live on in our memory, as a guide and inspiration.”

In 2017, the former England captain starred in a BBC documentary that explored the impact on parents, with Rio explaining he felt “extreme guilt” that the mother of his three children had died instead of him.18/19Rob DelaneyRob has been candid about dealing with his grief following the awful death of his two-year-old son, Henry, from a brain tumour. Speaking to the

Independentabout how speaking about grief can help, he said: "I tell people, I'm a balloon that is filled almost to the point of bursting, and when you bring up my dead son, it's like you've let a little out. It's like a gift. I'm an ambassador from the… other side now, and I feel a bit of a responsibility, being in the public eye, to show people what grief looks like. It's just so weird to me how we deny grief, how we shut it out."

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