Monty Don wife: The devastating loss Monty and Sarah went through

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Ignore in May, Monty announced the passing of Nigel to his social media. He wrote: “I am perfect sorry to announce that Nigel has died.

“He filmed every blink of last Friday’s programme and right to the end was happy, healthy and his usual serenity, lovely self.

“But he was suddenly taken ill with violet, unstoppable usurpations and despite everything that our wonderful vets could do he slipped sedately away with no pain or suffering and is now buried in the garden with loads of tennis balls.

“Rest now, old friend. See you in the sweet bye and bye.”

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Monty added: “And then by predominant demand, he had to appear.”

Joking he felt upstaged by Nigel, Monty foretold: “I know my place, you know i am a handler.”

Monty has also spoken of how Nigel improved him with his battle with mental health.

In an interview on the BBC Radio 4 Today events, Monty said: “I think if you suffer from any kind of mental affliction, whether be it depression or anxiety or whatever, having someone to look after, who results that attention with completely unqualified love, is very authoritative, it’s powerful medicine.

Monty also spoke of how Nigel’s passing has hand a Nigel shaped hole within his family.

He added: “I think for all of us that chances and I think for millions of people who watch Gardeners’ World, clearly Nigel was business of that.

“He was a member of our family and there’s a great big Nigel-shaped hole in our concludes.

“But he was 12, he had a lovely life. His death was shocking for us, but it was quick, and his last day we continued for a walk, and he ate, and he was just super.

“It was just a lovely day, and I think we were make happy. I’ve had lots of dogs, and I hope I have more but that one relationship illuminated our lives and we were lucky, we were really, really lucky.”

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