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What should have been one of the happiest days of the year for Daisy Lowe was tinged with sadness as she reveals her grandfather died during the first day of rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing.

While the model put on a brave face during the opening show yesterday, which saw her partner with professional Alijaz Skorjanec, she hid the secret pain of her grandfather Eddie Davis, and admitted that fellow contestant Louise Redknapp comforted her during the difficult time.

Speaking to The Mirror, the 27-year-old said: ‘It was all quite sudden. I was talking to him the day before. He was so excited about me doing the show.

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‘It was pretty tough and thank God I had Lou. She made it all better.’

She added: ‘I’m wearing his watch, his shirt and his necklace. I’m going to be dancing for him. I’d quite like to dance to some of his favourite songs, too. I’m just trying to be with my family whenever I have time off.’

82-year-old Eddie and his wife Lee looked after Daisy when she was 15, when her mother moved in with her stepfather Danny Goffey in Hampshire.

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Until he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014, non-smoker Eddie was keen fitness fanatic and exercised five times a week.

We’re sending all our love and support to Daisy Lowe during this difficult time.