Beloved comedian and radio host Dave Hughes has shared the news his mum Carmel has passed away.
The 2DAY FM radio host and stand-up legend posted a photo of his parents together with his son Rafferty to his Instagram account on Saturday to announce his “angel mum” had passed away on Friday night.
“My angel mum Carmel passed last night, at home, surrounded by the love of her family,” he wrote.
“She has earnt the rest.”
Mr Hughes told listeners to the Hughesy, Ed and Erin show on Friday his mother was in hospital and was unlikely to wake up again.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks,’ he said.
“She’s still with us, but it won’t be long. She’s a beautiful woman who’s been a great matriarch of the family, and we’re all around her at the moment.”
He explained the family had been “going through photos” in celebration of Carmel’s life.
“Mum grew up in an orphanage, and there’s a photo of her teaching a class with nuns looking over her … She had to leave the orphanage because she didn’t want to be a teacher, so she left with nothing and went and became a nurse, and met Dad.”
Hughesy lost his father, Des Hughes, in 2010 following a battle with cancer.
Reflecting on his mother’s legacy during the segment on Friday, Hughesy told his co-hosts: “She’s been a beautiful mother, who really supports her children.”
He went on: “Everyone goes through [losing their parents] … but the memories of all the sacrifice, and all the good times … She’s done so well in her life. We’ll miss her a lot.
“She’s always been stoic and never complained.”
Mr Hughes’ Instagram post was met with an outpouring of support.
Television presenter Osher Gunsberg wrote: “Big love to you all mate. She raised a champion.”
“Oh Hughesy. Big love my friend,” Sarah Harris posted.
“So sorry for your loss. What a powerhouse of a woman Carmel was. Big love to you and the family,” another friend wrote.