Emotional Paul OGrady fans in tears as ITV airs poignant tribute show to legend

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    Paul O'Grady fans have been reduced to tears as ITV paid tribute to the television icon.

    The TV star passed away "unexpectedly but peacefully" aged 67 on March 28.

    Following his shock death, his husband Andre Portasio released a statement asking for privacy during this difficult time.

    READ MORE: Paul O'Grady was in tears in final For The Love Of Dogs saying bye to pup he helped

    He said, "He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals, and all those who enjoyed his humor, wit, and compassion.

    "I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years."

    ITV aired a special tribute show named For the Love of Paul O'Grady in honour of the much-loved presenter following his sudden passing.

    The hour-long show featured interviews from those who knew him best as well as some famous faces including Julian Clary and Carol Vorderman.

    Emotional viewers rushed to their keyboards to discuss the programme as it showed clips of Paul as his alter ego Lily Savage.

    One fan penned: "Absolutely fully and completely in floods of tears at For The Love of Paul O’Grady, tears of laughter, tears of sadness, just tears. What a brilliant human he was, God I will miss him."

    Another added: "Already weeping at For the love of Paul O'Grady."

    A third person posted: "Tissues at the ready #fortheloveofpaulogrady."

    While a fourth social media user said:

    Paul was reportedly "moved to tears" during an emotional farewell to a lovable pooch during his final For The Love of Dogs scenes which are set to air on ITV1.

    He filmed the popular ITV animal programme, Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs, last year – with its 11th and final series set to air on ITV1 and ITVX on April 13.

    The Mirror report that one episode sees Paul nurse a Newfoundland dog called Peggy back to health following an operation at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, where the series is set.

    Peggy underwent a three-hour operation on her back legs, before commencing eight weeks of physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and assisted walks in a supported harness.

    After helping to nurse Peggy, Paul subsequently wanted to adopt the lovable pooch after meeting her, but can be heard saying in the upcoming episode that there is "no room at the inn".

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    However, he was moved to tears as Peggy began to whine when the presenter tried to leave, with Paul telling the pooch in the emotional moment: "Don’t start, Peggy please. I’m going to get a job on the railways. It’s too hard to say goodbye."

    The two were later reunited when Paul visited the family who had adopted Peggy, with the presenter saying: "She steals the heart of everyone she meets and I am head over heels."

    Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs starts on Thursday (April 13) at 8.30pm on ITV1 and ITVX.

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