EastEnders actor Dean Gaffney has been showered with support after his mum Marian’s funeral, with former co-stars and other soap actors offering their condolences as he shared an image from the service.
Taking to Instagram, he posted an image of the funeral programme, writing: ‘Gone but NEVER forgotten… ❤️💔 Sunrise: 23/12/53 Sunset: 13/08/23
I miss and love you Mum, today, tomorrow and forever. X’
Among those paying their respects were Joe Swash, who said: “Dean, all our thoughts and prayers are with you mate. Me and Stacey and the kids are thinking of you. Please come over for dinner”.
Luisa Bradshaw-White – who played Tina Carter – wrote: ‘I’m so sorry Dean. Sending you my love,’ while Richard Blackwood – aka Vincent Hubbard – said: ‘Sending condolences my bro’.
Dean also received messages of support from Coronation Street’s Helen Flanagan and Andy Whyment, as well as Emmerdale’s Danny Miller, and Stephanie Waring – who posted a red heart emoji in the comments.
The actor announced Marian’s sad death last month, saying it had left him ‘broken’.
Dean wrote alongside some pictures of himself and his mum: ‘I am simply broken to share that my beautiful selfless mother Marian has sadly passed away. I was, am and always will be a mummy’s boy so this news has completely floored me.
‘I spoke to her every day and in some ways I’m glad I’m the one that found her asleep.
‘I will retain all the amazing memories that we shared and whilst I understand the circle of life means everyone will feel this pain at some point in their lives, life can be very cruel at times, 69 is no age.’
He added: He added: ‘To know I will never be able to physically see or speak to her ever again is beyond any pain I’ve ever experienced in my life.’
Dean returned to screens earlier this year as part of I’m A Celebrity All Stars, which saw iconic contestants return to a camp in South Africa to see who would become the ultimate champion.
The granddad-of-two declared last year that Robbie Jackson would return to EastEnders – even though there are no plans to have the character back.
Addressing the situation back in 2000, when Robbie was axed, Dean said; ‘I have a self-destruct button and people can’t understand why I press it, I have no idea why I pressed it
‘I think EastEnders just thought “enough is enough” – and I don’t blame them, they said to me, “you are either really bad at picking women or you need to sort it out, you need to go off and find out why you are doing these things”.’