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Richard E Grant ‘overwhelmed’ after wife Joan Washington’s death

Richard E Grant has opened up about his grief after his wife Joan Washington’s death (Picture: PA)

Richard E Grant has thanked the public for its support following the death of his wife Joan Washington, stating he’s ‘overwhelmed’ with the outpouring of love.

In a tweet on Friday, the 64-year-old actor announced that his wife of 35 years had died on Thursday night. A cause of death was not given. 

Tributes poured in from Richard’s celebrity friends and fans, with Jessica Chastain and Nigella Lawson among those to share their condolences. 

Addressing the reaction to his wife’s death, Richard tweeted on Saturday: ‘Overwhelmed by the messages of love, condolence & support we have received from loved ones & strangers from all over the world & the appreciation from actors Joan taught over the years. 

‘Grief hits us like tsunamis as we try and put one foot in front of the other without her.’ 

The post included fond memories of Richard’s time with Joan, including family trips, sweet photos of him kissing the acting coach and her at work.

The Withnail and I actor had earlier confirmed Joan’s death by sharing a video of them dancing to Only You by The Platters, which ended with them embracing.

He announced: ‘ONLY YOU! Joan – Love of my Life & Giver of Life to our daughter Olivia. Our hearts are broken with the loss of your Life last night. 35 years married & 38 together.

‘To be truly known and seen by you, is your immeasurable gift. Do not forget us, sweet Monkee-mine.’

Richard E Grant and wife Joan Washington

Richard and Joan were married for 35 years (Picture: Getty Images)

Richard and Joan had been together for 38 years, with Richard meeting the voice and dialect coach when she was teaching an accent session at an acting school in December 1982.

They married in 1986 and Richard admitted that he never considered marriage until he met Joan, believing it to be ‘unnecessary’.

He previously told the Independent: ‘Before I got married, I didn’t hold any store by it.

‘My parents were divorced when I was 11 and it made such a profound impression on my life that I suppose I thought that by not getting married, you could avoid your life being carved in two. But that changed.’

The couple went on to welcome a daughter together, Olivia, 31, while Richard is also stepfather to Joan’s son Tom, 45, from her first marriage.

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