By George Stephens •
Published: 22 Oct 2019 • 18:19
Jez Hughes, the husband of late star Leah Bracknell who played Zoe Tate in Emmerdale, has paid tribute to his wife in an emotional post on Facebook and Instagram.
Leah’s death was announced last week, three years on from being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2016.
Husband Jez shared a tribute to Facebook honouring Bracknell, who was known as ‘Ali’ to family and friends.
He wrote: “Thank you, everyone, for all your kind words, prayers and love. They mean the world to me at this time and I apologise that I can’t respond individually as I haven’t the words in me right now.
My darling wife, best friend and soul mate flies free in spirit. I have been the luckiest man in the world to spend time walking, dancing, laughing, praying, dreaming, singing, drumming, talking, travelling, crying, planning, hoping, loving, going wild, exploring, rebelling, forgiving, celebrating, playing, sharing secrets at dawn, opening hearts, minds and soul alongside a woman of such depth, power, humour, humility, honour, intelligence and love.
it is impossible to do justice to with the transient, flimsy power of words. Ali is the bravest person I’ve ever met and she faced the last three years of cancer with dignity, grace and light. She shone brightly in this world with fire in her heart and water in her soul.
The great mystery of existence always visible through her beautiful eyes. She inspired and changed the lives of so many, loved ones and strangers alike. Every day I learn of more people who she helped which brings the warmth of pride and gratitude to have known her into my heart.
She taught me more than I’m able to comprehend and we shared more than I dreamt was possible in this life. More than either of us thought was possible.
My heart is truly broken and the pain is intense as I wander aimlessly, waiting to awake from this dream, from hour to hour, day to day. My only prayer is that through the burning down of everything that I hold sacred and precious, through this raw, primal, timeless wound, something else will arise and I am able to embody just a little of Ali’s grace, bravery, tenacity, and lightness, in order to serve her legacy well in the world.”
Fitting words for such a beautiful actress who warmed so many hearts over the years.
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