Gail Porter reveals her father has died as her touching mental health documentary re-airs

Gail Porter has announced that her father, Craig Porter, has passed away following her mental health documentary.

The 49 year old TV personality and model announced the sad news on Twitter as her BBC mental health documentary re-aired on Monday 18 May, which Craig appears in.

The documentary, called Being Gail Porter, sees Gail open up about her fame, spiral into depression and experience with homelessness.

BBC first aired the doc in January this year, and was re-shown again on BBC on Monday 18 May.

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Scottish star Gail wrote: “Since that documentary, my father passed away, I had him in his wee cremated box by me while I watched. Hard but he had a great life xxx.”

She did not give any further details about her father’s sad passing, but her tweet was met with messages of condolence from fans.

One wrote: “So sorry to hear that. Thank you for making the doc. I’ve not seen anyone on TV talk so openly and bravely about their mental health struggles and I know it will have benefitted so many. Massive respect Gail”.

Another said: “Hi Gail. Sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I'm watching your documentary tonight and really appreciate your openness and honesty.”

While a third added: “What a beautiful person you are ,beautiful soul inside and out your documentary was brilliant you are so brave,” followed by two red heart emojis.

In another tweet, Gail admitted re-watching the documentary was “tough” as she was asked by a fan how she was feeling after watching it.

She wrote: “Was tough, having a wee cry. But all good xxxx”.

Throughout her career, Gail presented shows such as Top Of The Pop and Fully Booked in the nineties.

Not only was Gail a big hit on TV, but she became a popular model, too. She had modelled for magazines such as FHM.

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And, in 1999 a naked photo of her was projected onto the side of the Houses Of Parliament to encourage MPs to vote of her in FHM’s Sexiest Women poll.

In 2005 Gail lost her hair due to alopecia. She has also suffered from post-natal depression and bipolar disorder and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 2011.

Gail was sleeping rough on a bench by 2014 and was later declared bankrupt in 2017 after living on just £200 per month.

Her father helped her get back on her feet by paying her rent in a one-bedroom flat.

Speaking about the documentary she previously said on Lorraine: “It was much more tricky than I thought it was going to be… I learnt a lot and I felt better. I’m trying to get through emails and tweets and Instagram messages… there are just so many people it seems to have helped.“

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