Laura Whitmore has opened up about the loss of her close friend, photographer Jay McLaughlin.
Jay tragically passed away this week, following his battle with stage four cancer, which had spread to his bowels, liver, and lungs.
Paying tribute to her friend, the presenter took to Instagram, sharing a collecting of photos taken by Jay, or of the pair together.
” I’ve spoken a lot about my friend @jaymclaughlin_irl a very talented photographer and his account @jaymclaughlin_irl documenting his life with stage 4 cancer,” she began.
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Continuing: “Sadly we have lost Jay. We had been preparing ourselves for the worst but you never fully comprehend it.”
“He’s been part of and taken photos of so many stages of my life – shoots, BTS, headshots, birthdays.. not to mention our shared love of Star Wars. I know he was in a lot of pain near the end so I hope he is free of the restraints that his body had on him. Rest in power, he was a force who I am eternally grateful to have known.”
Many of Laura’s friends shared their condolences in the comment section.
Singer Alexandra Burke wrote: “He was so special. Heartbroken he’s gone xx”
Actress Kate Robbins said: “So sorry for your loss, Laura. Despite the inevitability it doesn’t stop the feeling that the floor beneath you has been removed. I was touched looking at his raw and honest posts about his cancer. I don’t want to use the word battle as it affords some sort of heroic majesty to this vile disease. Sending love to all his family and friends.”
Celebrity baker Candice Brown commented: “So sorry darling”
Our thoughts are with Jay’s family and friends during this difficult time.