Heartbreaking news for TV presenter Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes was reportedly unable to attend his late mother Josie’s funeral due to “health reasons”.

The 62-year-old announced on Friday that his beloved mum had passed away at the age of 93 and he is said to have appeared via videolink during her funeral service at St Patrick’s Church in Belfast on Tuesday (November 21).

The Belfast Telegraph reports that the broadcaster paid a loving tribute to the family’s matriarch virtually and described her as “the best”.

In his heartfelt message, Holmes reportedly shared: “She was the best, we could not have had a better mummy, and daddy could not have had a better wife.

“He adored you, and you him, your pain for the 31 years since he left us has been tough. He called you, ‘My queen, my queen, my Josephine’ – and you certainly ruled the roost.”

The GB News anchor is said to have also revealed that his mother had given him her “blessing and understanding” for not attending the funeral in person while sharing a humorous anecdote.