Love Actually actress Martine McCutcheon made a tragic personal announcement on Instagram.
The star, who played Natalie – the love interest of Hugh Grant’s Prime Minister – in the popular Christmas film – told fans her “heart was broken forever” after the death of her 31-year-old brother.
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He died unexpectedly just a month before his planned marriage.
“My little brother, my gentle giant, unfortunately passed away suddenly 2 weeks ago. He was 31 years old,” wrote a devastated McCutcheon.
“There is no medical explanation as to why we lost him so early and as we continue to investigate we must accept that nothing will bring our boy back to us.”
Laurence John — known as LJ — was born when McCutcheon was 15 and had “a mild form of special needs,” McCutcheon explained.
“From the moment I first held him in my arms I was so proud and protective of him,” the actress wrote.
“He was such a character! He made us all laugh and loved nothing more than making a plan, having a great playlist, getting people together and generally giggling.
“He hated the thought of ending the party and was always looking for the next one!
“With unwavering love, support and dedication to himself, he took life in hand and shattered every expectation we had of him.
“He really blew us all away at times!”
McCutcheon described her brother as her “anchor” and “radar of what really matters in life.”
“I’ve always wanted to protect him from the limelight and characters who might be drawn to him for the wrong reasons,” she wrote.
The actress said her brother has fallen in love and will be getting married next month.
“I was asked to be a bridesmaid and the last time I saw him was a few days before he died,” she wrote, adding that he had just tried on his wedding suit.
“He looked so tanned, tall and handsome. Best thing I’ve ever seen… Ironically, really…
“My heart aches for all who lost him. But my heart breaks for our mother, his father John and his stepparents.
“You should never outlive your children.”
McCutcheon concluded by saying, “I’m afraid to live without you LJ, but I know you want us to really live in your memory, laugh and love. I’ll try, I promise.”
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