Dawn French pays emotional tribute to late dad on Father's Day after his tragic suicide when she was just 19

DAWN French has paid an emotional tribute to late dad on Father's Day after his tragic suicide when she was just 19.

The comedian, 63, shared a touching post to her late father Denys, 44 years after his death. 

The Vicar of Dibley actress posted a throwback photo of her younger self sitting on a wall, next to her dad.

Dawn shared the poignant post with her 136,000 followers, writing: "'44 years without you but miss you a lot. Especially on Fathers Day."

Dawn has previously spoken about her father, who took his own life at the age of 45 in 1977.

The actress confessed that her dad's untimely passing lead her to question her own mortality.

Speaking to Fearne Cotton for her Happy Place podcast, Dawn admitted that up until recently, she though she wouldn't live very long.

In an interview, she said, "Until quite recently, I think I've always thought that I wouldn't make old bones."

She said that the significant death at such a young age had made an impact on her life.

"Being 19 and losing your dad made me think, 'Oh God maybe we don't live very long'.


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"So I grasped any opportunity I could, but I was aware that I thought, 'I need to get old enough to grow my daughter in to her twenties at least, then she'd manage without me after that.'"

Despite the tragic event, the comedian admitted that she now realises the negative impact of her thoughts.

She added: "I was thinking like that, which is ridiculous,' she said. 'It's possibly to do with losing my dad so early. 

"You know, thinking life is a bit fragile and it can be a bit temporary. And we've just got to be mindful of that."

It comes after Dawn revealed an extreme hair transformation, describing her new look as the "real me".

She announced she was embracing going grey as she showed off her freshly styled undercut.

The actress had a huge smile on her face as she shared pictures of her headturning hairstyle on social media.

The first image showed a light shade of brown instead of her usual dark locks, before the second revealed a salt and pepper grey undercut.

On Instagram she captioned the snaps: "Going lighter bit by bit to happily welcome the grey… with an undercut surprise..!

"Hello there woman in her 60s…."

While on Twitter the TV star added: "Going lighter to welcome the grey… with an undercut surprise of real me… Hello there!"

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