'Found this earlier. Loved their special relationship xx’: Grieving Sky Sports' Simon Thomas shares his heartbreaking photo of his son with wife who died of leukaemia
- Simon Thomas posted a picture of his son with his late wife Gemma last night
- The post has broken the hearts of Instagram users, who sent their support
- It comes just after Thomas, 44, shared a photo of his son's letter on Instagram
- Ethan, eight, asked for his 'mummy back' for Christmas
- Gemma Thomas, 40, died last month of acute myeloid leukaemia
Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas has shared a heart rendering family photograph of his late wife Gemma and their eight-year-old son Ethan.
The presenter, 44, was hit by tragedy last month when his wife Gemma died just three days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia - an aggressive cancer that affects white blood cells.
Mr Thomas shared the photograph of the two on Instagram last night, with the caption 'Found this earlier. Loved their special relationship xx'.
'Found this earlier. Loved their special relationship xx': Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas shared the heart wrenching picture of his son Ethan, 8, with his late wife Gemma, 40
After his wife's tragic death, Mr Thomas took to Twitter to describe his 'indescribable pain' and asked for people to pray for his son
Instagram users immediately sent messages of support on the picture, which gathered over 1,300 likes.
James Coyle wrote '@simonjthomassky keep holding on. Every day hold on. You are an inspiration. Stay strong. My thoughts are with you and your family.'
Neil Golightly added: 'Your own relationship with your son has now taken on it's own special meaning. Keep posting the pics, keep grieving take your time. There is no rush and you're doing a great job. Merry Xmas to you and your son @simonjthomassky I look forward to seeing you back on my screen. Good luck on your journey'.
Another user said: 'This deserves a frame around it - stay strong @simonjthomassky your doing amazingly and your wife will be so proud of you looking down amongst the stars. God bless to you and your boy xx'.
'You are an inspiration:' Instagram users flooded the touching post with words of support
'Keep posting the pics, keep grieving in your own time': Simon Thomas, 44, shared the picture of his son Ethan with his wife Gemma, who died just three days after her cancer diagnosis
'God bless to you and your boy': The post gathered hundreds of likes, and came after a series of tragic posts
The lovely photograph comes just after the couple's only child, Ethan, wrote a tragic letter asking for his 'mummy back'.
The boy won hearts with his touching response, with more than 500 likes under an hour after dad Simon uploaded the picture to his Instagram account.
The former Blue Peter presenter wrote: 'I just wish I could give him the third'
Simon Thomas shared a photo of his eight-year-old son Ethan's heartbreaking letter to Father Christmas where he asked for 'his mummy back'
Ethan's heartwarming words earned wide support on social media with users describing him as 'beautiful' and 'amazing'
The eight-year-old asked Santa for Playmobil and Lego before ending the list by asking for his 'mummy back'.
The tear-jerking post led to an outpouring of support for the tragic family with users branding the photo 'heartbreaking'.
User Leesha Jayne wrote: 'This is heartbreaking, brought a tear to my eye. Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas.'
Helen Michal said: 'So sorry for your loss. A very sad time I’m sure. I wish I could take the pain away. Sending you love and hope'.
Ethan Thomas, eight, asked Father Christmas for Playmobil, Lego and his 'mummy back' in a heartbreaking Christmas letter
Earlier, Mr Thomas had shared another post to Instagram with a photo of his wife's wedding rings.
He wrote: 'Her wedding rings are back with me. I showed them to Ethan this morning and he said - 'Daddy, when I get married, can I give them to my wife?
'His heart is beyond measure #lightinthedarkness'.
The heartbreaking post was met with another outpouring of supportive replies from well wishers.
Rose Harding wrote: 'For a boy so young, amazing for him to think like that for the future.
'His mum will be looking down so proud and whoever gets this ring in the future what a special moment.'
Mr Thomas, 44, earlier shared a photo of his wife's wedding rings on Instagram with Ethan asking if he could give them to his own wife in the future
Mrs Thomas, 40, started feeling unwell and went to the doctor three times before later going to hospital.
Mr Thomas said his wife's condition deteriorated rapidly within hours and she was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.
After tests, she was transferred to the Churchill Hospital in Oxford and began chemotherapy.
But tragically, she died just three days later of the aggressive acute myloid leaukaemia.
Gemma Thomas, 40, died of an aggressive cancer called acute myeloid leukaemia, three days after first being diagnosed
Norfolk-born Simon Thomas joined Blue Peter in 1999, replacing Richard Bacon, and worked alongside the likes of Konnie Huq, Matt Baker and Zoe Salmon during his six years on the BBC children's show
Ethan asked for Playmobil, Lego and his 'mummy back' after father Simon revealed the family's heartbreak at the death of Gemma
Norfolk-born Simon Thomas joined Blue Peter in 1999, replacing Richard Bacon, and worked alongside the likes of Konnie Huq, Matt Baker and Zoe Salmon during his six years on the BBC children's show.
He left for Sky Sports in 2005 and has worked on a number of projects.
Most recently, he was seen presenting live Premier League coverage for the channel.
After his wife's death, Mr Thomas took to Twitter to share his grief.
He wrote in an emotional post: 'Today I am crushed with indescribable pain. Just three days after falling ill with Acute Myloid Leukaemia, my dear wife Gemma passed away yesterday evening surrounded by her family and friends.
'If you are a prayer - pray for my boy Ethan. 8yrs, precious and in bits. Thank you.'
Mrs Thomas' condition deteriorated rapidly within hours of her diagnosis and she died just three days after the illness was discovered
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