EastEnders star Gary Webster reveals his mother has died from Covid

Former EastEnders star Gary Webster has revealed that his mother has died from coronavirus.

Taking to Twitter on Monday, the Minder actor, 56, shared that his mother had passed away 'peacefully in her sleep' last Thursday four days after contracting Covid.

Gary also revealed that he is currently battling the virus alongside his son, Jack, 20. He also has younger son - Freddie, 17, with wife and former prime-time TV presenter, Wendy Turner, 53. 

Heartbreaking: Former EastEnders star Gary Webster has revealed that his mother has died from coronavirus (pictured with wife Wendy Turner in 2005)

Heartbreaking: Former EastEnders star Gary Webster has revealed that his mother has died from coronavirus (pictured with wife Wendy Turner in 2005)

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Posting a picture of his late mother sitting with wife Wendy to Twitter, Gary tweeted: 'Thank so much to everyone for such beautiful support to my son & I as we recover from Covid. 

'Last Sunday my Mum also contracted the virus. 3 generations in a week. I am devastated to say my Mum didn't make it & passed peacefully in her sleep last Thursday. She was much loved.' 

Several of Gary's celebrity pals and soap stars were quick to share their support and condolences to the star. 

Gary played Graham Clark on EastEnders in 1987, he returned to the soap in 2016 to play Neville Peacock.  

Sad: Taking to Twitter on Monday, the Minder actor, 56, shared that his mother had passed away 'peacefully in her sleep' last Thursday four days after contracting Covid (pictured with his wife and former prime-time TV presenter, Wendy Turner, 53)

Sad: Taking to Twitter on Monday, the Minder actor, 56, shared that his mother had passed away 'peacefully in her sleep' last Thursday four days after contracting Covid (pictured with his wife and former prime-time TV presenter, Wendy Turner, 53) 

He also took over Dennis Waterman's sidekick role, Arthur Daley, on ITV's Minder in 1991, where he played character Ray until 1994.

Emmerdale star Laura Norton wrote: 'So sorry to hear this Gary. Sending love' followed by a heart emoji.

Heartbeat actor Mark Moraghan put: 'Sorry for your loss G. Thoughts with you and yours Pal x'.

EastEnders actress Lucy Benjamin said: 'Omg Gary. I’m so sorry. Sending you all lots of love xxx', while Kacey Ainsworth, who played Little Mo on the BBC One soap, added: 'So sorry for you Gary xxx.' 

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Support: Several of Gary's celebrity pals and soap stars were quick to share their support and condolences to the star

Support: Several of Gary's celebrity pals and soap stars were quick to share their support and condolences to the star

Broadcaster Jayne Sharp put: 'Oh Gary, I’m so sorry. Sending you so much love' followed by a red heart emoji.

Comedian Justin Moorhouse wrote: 'So sorry. Love to all' with actor Paul Clayton adding: 'All love darling man.' 

Just days earlier, on 8 January, Gary had told his 6,356 followers that he was 'strictly isolating' after testing positive with his son.  

He wrote: 'To all my friends & followers please dont think I'm ignoring anyone recently. 

Isolating: Just days earlier, on 8 January, Gary had told his 6,356 followers that he was 'strictly isolating' after testing positive with his son

Isolating: Just days earlier, on 8 January, Gary had told his 6,356 followers that he was 'strictly isolating' after testing positive with his son 

Family: Gary also revealed that he is currently battling the virus alongside his son, Jack, 20. He also has younger son - Freddie, 17, with wife and former prime-time TV presenter, Wendy Turner, 53 (pictured with his family in 2009)

Family: Gary also revealed that he is currently battling the virus alongside his son, Jack, 20. He also has younger son - Freddie, 17, with wife and former prime-time TV presenter, Wendy Turner, 53 (pictured with his family in 2009)  

'It's been a very sad & tough week part of which was my eldest son testing Covid positive on Tuesday & me testing positive yesterday. So strictly isolating. Please #WearMasks #SocialDistance.' 

On Monday, Chris Whitty warned the next few weeks are set to be the worst yet for the NHS as the government begs people not to 'push the boundaries' of the lockdown - and threatens to make it even tougher.

The chief medical officer took to the airwaves to highlight the scale of the threat, saying that there are 30,000 people in hospital compared to the peak of 18,000 in April.

Amid a crackdown on stopping to chat in the street and in shops, Prof Whitty urged people to remember that 'every unnecessary contact' was an opportunity for the virus to spread.

He insisted that although the situation in the NHS is the 'most dangerous situation anyone can remember' vaccines mean the UK can be back to normal in 'months not years' - but he cautioned that the situation is a long way from that currently.

Escalation: Chief medical officer Chris Whitty took to the airwaves to highlight the scale of the threat, saying that there are 30,000 people in hospital compared to the peak of 18,000 in April

Escalation: Chief medical officer Chris Whitty took to the airwaves to highlight the scale of the threat, saying that there are 30,000 people in hospital compared to the peak of 18,000 in April

The intervention came amid fears that the number of daily deaths is on track to rise to 2,000, with Boris Johnson looking at tightening the national lockdown rules even more dramatically if cases keep surging.  

The UK had announced a further 573 coronavirus deaths in the highest Sunday rise since April, and the third-deadliest Sunday of the entire pandemic as it emerged as many as one-in-five of all people in England may have had coronavirus. 

It could be as high as one in two people in some areas of east London and Essex, the modelling by Edge Health claims.

Infections also continue to be high, with 54,940 announced yesterday - the thirteenth day in a row they have been above the 50,000 mark.

Just last year, Gary's wife, Wendy, who is the younger sister of Anthea Turner, 60, told the Daily Mail how she and her husband went from TV golden couple to living in a car. 

Roles: Gary starred on EastEnders and he also took over Dennis Waterman's sidekick role, Arthur Daley, on ITV's Minder in 1991, where he played character Ray until 1994 (pictured)

Roles: Gary starred on EastEnders and he also took over Dennis Waterman's sidekick role, Arthur

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