Will Mellor shares emotional message after losing his father
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Coronation Street star Will Mellor, 45, has revealed that following a number of family tragedies, he suffered with impaired vision and felt like he was living in a “dark cloud”. Speaking to co-host Ralf Little on their podcast Two Pints with Will & Ralf, the former Hollyoaks actor opened up about the devastating losses that impacted him over the past year.
My eyes and everything were going funny
The star addressed the health issues he faced after a number of deaths in the family physically took a toll on him.
In April 2020, Will’s dad Bill tragically died just two weeks after being told he had a brain tumour.
Eight months later, the star’s uncle, Barry, also died.
His Uncle George and Aunt Pat then died within days of each other from the same brain cancer that had killed his dad.
The actor was close to his Aunt and Uncle and paid tribute to them on the podcast.
He said to Ralf: “I wanted to mention Pat and Uncle George. They were a big part of my life.”
Addressing the deaths of his Aunt and Uncle, the actor citied the losses as “unbelievable”.
“I felt everything come flooding back from what happened with Dad,” he continued.
“I was back in a cloud again.”
However, shortly before the anniversary of his dad’s death, his wife Michelle put together a party for his 45th birthday.
Family members attended and after his mum drove home, the star’s sister rang him with more tragic news.
Will said his sister told how their mum had suffered a stroke.
Upon hearing the news, he said: “I nearly collapsed. I just went cold. The cloud came in.”
The star then relayed that his mum was fortunately set to recover following her mini-stroke.
Addressing his absence, Will said he took a step back to “reorganise” himself.
He explained: “I had to take a little break away to reorganise my head.”
He revealed how he planned to build a bar in tribute of his dad, but his impaired vision meant he couldn’t put it together.
“I said, ‘I’ll build a bar in my garden in the name of my dad for something to do,’ but I couldn’t see properly.
“My eyes and everything were going funny.
“I thought it could be due to stress,” he added.
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