Fearne Cotton heartbroken after death of cat calling her ‘best mate’ of 20 years

Fearne Cotton has shared her heartache as she announced her beloved cat Lula was passed away.

BBC Radio 2 star Fearne, 40, shared the sad news of the death of her "best mate of 20 years" on her Instagram page.

Fearne shared a series of photos of the black moggie from over the years, including a snap of the TV and radio star lovingly hugging the cat as it leans on her shoulder.

In the caption, Fearne candidly shared her heartache with her 3.4million followers.

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She wrote: "Yesterday I said goodbye to my best mate of twenty years.

"I’m heart broken and still in shock that she’s gone. I’m mostly just so grateful that I got twenty years with my darling Lula.

"She was the most loyal and loving creature ever."

Reflecting on her life with Lula, Fearne continued: "Twenty years ago I picked up Lula and Keloy from the @themayhew animal home and took them back to my then little cottage in Harrow.

"Since then we’ve moved all around the place and they’ve stuck by me through thick and thin.

"Lula saw me at my best and worst and always without judgement.

"She brought unbelievable amounts of love into my life and for that I will be forever grateful. It feels like the end of an era as I literally can’t remember a time before she was in my world."

Addressing her beloved cat directly, Fearne ended the caption with: "Old bird, I will never forget you and the love you gave me. I hope you know how loved you were. You’ll always be in my heart " followed by a red heart emoji.

Celebrity friends took to the comments to share messages on condolence.

Giovanna Fletcher wrote: "So sorry to hear this Fearne. Lula was such a beaut of a cat! Sending you all so much love! Xxx".

While Alan Carr simply commented with a series of red heart emojis.

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Gok Wan penned: "Huge love darling x" and Izzy Judd added: "So much love Fearne and you’re so right, they are by our sides without judgement. Oh to be a cat xxxx".

Later Fearne added more photos of her beloved pet puss on his Instagram story, including one of Lula laying down in the sunshine. She wrote below it: "My sweet Angel I miss you more than you'll ever know".

Another photo showed Fearne posing with a serious face next to the cat, who had the identical expression. The former Celebrity Juice star penned below it: "Always in my heart. Thank you for twenty years of love."

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