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Ruth Langsford’s sister Julia took her own life aged 62 after battle with depression


Ruth’s sister Julia died in June (Picture: Rex/Twitter)

Ruth Langsford’s sister took her own life after a battle with depression, an inquest heard today.

The This Morning star and her husband Eamonn Holmes told viewers that Julia had died aged 62 after a ‘long illness’ in June.

However, an inquest today in Woking, Surrey, heard that Julia died by suicide by hanging.

Johnson, a landscape gardener, was found in the garage of her home in Lingfield, Surrey, where she lived with her husband Paul.

Johnson had suffered with depression for years but on her last visit to a psychiatrist, it was decided that she was improving greatly and had ‘settled’, with her appointments being dropped to one every six months.

Paul Johnson, Julia’s husband, discovered Julia’s body after he became concerned about his wife while on a visit to their daughter Katie.

Mr Johnson had attempted to contact Julia multiple times before he arrived back in Lingfield before midnight on 15 June, with assistant coroner for Surrey Anna Crawford saying: ‘He found his wife hanging in the garage.’

Julia had battled depression (Picture: Twitter)

Paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance Service declared Julia dead two minutes arriving at the property.

Ms Johnson did not leave a suicide note, the inquest heard.

Julia had previously spoken about living with depression, telling the Express in 2010: ‘In adult life I have suffered from depression, especially when I hit my fifties. I’m learning to deal with it now, but Ruth has been really supportive.

‘I’d phone her in tears and go and stay with her. She encourages me to have more confidence in myself and when I’m trying to do too much, she has taught me to say no and look after myself a bit more. She’s the best sister anyone could have.’

Ruth, 59, took a break from presenting following her sister’s death, telling fans: ‘My lovely Sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken.

‘She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever.

‘As I am sure you will appreciate I need to take time to grieve with my family. Thank you for your understanding.’

Two months later, Ruth left the This Morning studio in tears after a phone-in on dealing with anxiety and depression.

Eamonn, 59, said: ‘Obviously this has featured in Ruth’s life.

Ruth, seen with Julia, her niece Katie and mum Joan, was close with her sister (Picture: Instagram)

‘She’s upset now and she’s had to leave the studio because of her sister who was a chronic depressive and no matter what help or medication as there it didn’t seem to make much difference.There were good times and bad times.’

Ruth and Julia were very close, with the TV star previously revealing her dream day would be spending time with Julia and their family.

Speaking in 2015, she told the Daily Mail: ‘I’d take Jack [her son], my sister Julia and my niece Katie to a matinee in the West End, followed by a cream tea with the family.’

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