Alison Hammond’s secret heartbreak as beloved mum dies of liver and lung cancer

Alison Hammond, 45, took to Instagram this morning to pay a touching tribute to her mum Maria, who sadly passed away.

The This Morning star revealed her “wonderful mother” had died from liver and lung cancer in a loving post.

The TV star shared several pictures with her 479,000 followers after laying her to rest yesterday.

Alison wrote: “Today I dedicate Valentine’s Day to my beautiful, wonderful Mother Maria who passed away from liver and lung cancer.”

The popular television star continued: “Yesterday my family and I celebrated her amazing life and laid her to rest in a beautiful ceremony she would have been proud of.

“Thank you mummy for giving me the strength to move forward in the knowledge that your ok and with God in Heaven now.”

Alison lovingly added: “I will always remember you and try and make you proud. I love you mum.”

Friends, family and some famous faces took to the comments section to share their condolences, send love and reminisce about Maria.

One user wrote: “Im so sorry for your loss i remember meeting her when you did our store opening in metrocentre she was so funny beautiful and a pleasure too meet sending lots of love xxx.(sic)”

BBC presenter Judi Love, 39, said: “What a beautiful picture! @alisonhammond55 You both have such beautiful smiles. Honey I’m thinking of you and your family. Always here for you sis xxx.”

Loose Women panelist Stacey Solomon, 30, wrote: “I love you so much Ali.”

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Alison had not previously spoken about her mum’s ill health, but one of the pictures she posted online showed her in the hospital.

Another picture showed her mother, who hailed from Guyana, as a child in a pretty dress with bows in her hair.

A third image captured the mother and daughter duo with matching smiles on their faces.

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