Simon Thomas shares son’s poignant drawing of wife Gemma one week after her death
PUBLISHED: 11:05 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 December 2017
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One week on from the sudden and tragic death of his wife Gemma, grief-stricken Simon Thomas has shared a drawing of her by their eight year old son Ethan.
On the post on Instagram Mr Thomas called Ethan “One brave, amazing son”.
The Norfolk-raised TV presenter said he was “crushed with indescribable pain” after his wife Gemma died just three days after falling ill with leukaemia.
The Sky Sports presenter tweeted the tragic news on November 26 and the committed Christian urged people to pray for Ethan.
Mr Thomas, who grew up in Cromer and at Grimston near King’s Lynn, tweeted: “Today I am crushed with indescribable pain. Just three days after falling ill with Acute Myloid Leukaemia, my dear wife Gemma passed away yesterday evening surrounded by her family and friends. If you are a prayer - pray for my boy Ethan. 8yrs, precious and in bits. Thank you.”
Condolence messages for Mr Thomas’s loss poured in on Twitter, including from football supporters across the country.
Mr Thomas, 44, who now lives in Reading, is a lifelong Norwich City fan, and Canaries supporters have been among those passing on words of comfort.
Norwich City FC tweeted: “Simon, the thoughts of everybody at Norwich City are with yourself, Ethan and everyone else who knew and loved Gemma at this sad time.”
EDP Norwich City columnists Melissa Rudd and Robin Sainty were among more thousands to pass on their condolences via Twitter.
Norwich Community Sports Foundation, for whom Mr Thomas has been a community ambassador, tweeted: “Simon, it is impossible for us to imagine how you and Ethan must be feeling, but please know that everyone at CSF is thinking of you and sending our love.”
Football clubs, including Burnley, Fulham and Wigan, tweeted their support, while Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, Bournemouth’s Marc Pugh and ex-Canary Anthony Pilkington, now at Cardiff City, offered condolences.
Mr Thomas was a Blue Peter presenter from 1999-2005, and worked alongside presenters Matt Baker, Konnie Huq, and Liz Barker.
Mr and Mrs Thomas, 40, who used to work as a press officer for the Electoral Commission, were married at St Nicholas Church in Sevenoaks in Kent in 2005.