Langford’s sister Julia Johnson died by suicide aged 62 in June 2019, after battling depression for many years.
This Morning host Holmes, 60, told The Daily Star: “It’s just the unanswered questions. I mean, I experienced the sudden death of my father and there are a lot of loose ends – things where you wonder, what were your last words? What way did you last deal with that person?
“Sudden death is a very, very difficult thing to deal with, and with Julia you know, she was just the most lovely, gentile, kind person. I often used to joke to her and Ruth that I got the wrong sister, but she was a lovely, lovely person – tortured by mental depression.
“Ruth was very caring, very loving to her and I think there can often be a guilt when you think, ‘Should I have been there? Where was I?’.”
The TV presenter added: “You can’t press the rewind button and what I would honestly say is that we were always very supportive.
“We were a loving family, Ruth could not have done more for her sister, and I think you know, it takes a lot of getting over that, a lot of getting over.”
Langsford, 60, recently revealed she considered quitting the public eye after her sister’s death, but Holmes persuaded her to return to TV.
She revealed: “Eamonn pointed out that he was, in effect, losing not one, but two of the most precious people in his life – Julia and me. He showed me how I had so much to live for in Julia's memory – and beyond.
“He pleaded with me not to let it win, by ruining everything I had achieved – and still had to celebrate.”
Announcing her sister’s death on Twitter last year, Langsford said: “My lovely Sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken. She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever. As I am sure you will appreciate I need to take time to grieve with my family. Thank you for your understanding.”
My lovely Sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken. She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever. As I am sure you will appreciate I need to take time to grieve with my family. Thank you for your understanding. pic.twitter.com/o6jMtIqMg4
— Ruth Langsford (@RuthieeL) June 20, 2019
Langsford spoke publicly about her sister’s death for the first time on This Morning in February this year, during a discussion about suicide.
She told psychologist Emma Kenny: “This happened in my family. I remember my shock at that. It's the questions it leaves the families - 'I should have gone round. I should have phoned. I was going to go round. I was going to phone. Maybe I should have stayed longer.”
“You are left with the 'what ifs'.”
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