The former Loose Women faces a family tragedy

Some devastating news for Carol McGiffin and family, as she announces that her younger sister Tracy has lost her cancer battle, aged 53.

Only a month after publicly revealing that her sister had the disease, presenter and former Loose Women panellist Carol has now shared the tragic news of her death with fans, and admits that the news hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

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Taking to her weekly column, Carol took on a sombre tone for the sad announcement, telling readers: ‘When my little sister, Tracy, was diagnosed four months ago, it didn’t seem real.

‘I knew she was going to die, but I kind of hoped that it would be later… like, years away. Now, when I find myself saying the words: ‘My sister died last weekend,’ it still doesn’t seem real.

‘Perhaps because it hasn’t properly sunk in yet, or that I’m just not ready to believe it.’

Of course, this isn’t the first time that cancer has affected her family; Carol, 56, fought a battle of her own, being diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2014. After six rounds of chemotherapy, 15 rounds of radiotherapy and a mastectomy, she is currently in remission. But sadly, their mother also succumbed to the disease in 2003.

Though Carol and late sister Tracy were not always close, they managed to reconnect after her diagnosis at the end of 2016 – something that Carol is grateful for.

‘We were always close as kids, but as we grew up things changed, and I’m really glad that in the end – those last four months – I got to spend some good, quality time with her,’ she continued in Best magazine.

‘During her last days, when I was with her at the hospital, we recounted some of those [old] times, and it was good to see her laugh.

‘She was exactly like my mum when she laughed. In fact, she was exactly like my mum in so many different ways, including the horrible and horrific way in which she died from that b****** disease, cancer.’

She then concluded her dedication with the message: ‘RIP, sis. I’m missing you already, you nightmare. xxx.’

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