Opening for the first time about her tragic loss, Des’s youngest daughter, Kristina, admitted she was heartbroken but wanted to speak out after receiving a wave of support from fans of his late father.
Taking to Twitter, Kristina, who goes by the stage name Tarantina, broke her silence by sharing a photo of herself cuddling a smiling Des and planting a loving kiss on each of her cheeks.
At the same time, she wrote: “I cannot properly explain how sorry I am, but I wanted to say something about my father’s passing. I’m so grateful that we were able to spend some of his last moments together (covid-sure), just the two of us, and saying what we needed to say to each other.
“I told her about the deep sense of pride in my stomach whenever someone reminded me of how similar we are, both as artists and as people.
“He told me I was going to make him cry if I kept talking like that (he dabbed his eye).
“It wasn’t always easy to share my dad with the rest of the world,” admitted Kristina. “Sometimes I just wanted it for myself. But after witnessing such an outpouring of love and warmth in the tributes, being able to share it now feels like one more gift.
“There is so much more I want to say, but maybe I can’t find the words.
“But share all of your thoughts, condolences and favorite moments of his career. I am discovering old clips and photos that I have never seen before and it comforts me. Even now, the saddest I’ve ever felt, Daddy can still make me laugh.
“Thanks,” she finished.
Des leaves behind four daughters and a son Adam, who was born when the artist was 72 years old.
In October, Kristina, 32, shared Des’s latest photo seen in public as she captured the moment she made a socially distant visit to her home in Buckinghamshire.
The happy photo showed Des a few weeks before his tragic death as he gave the camera a big smile.
Even though she couldn’t hug her father, Kristina showed her pride by wearing a t-shirt with her father’s name and face on it.
Des has spoken of his pride in Kristina often on social media.
In his last tweet in February, he promoted his role in a charity boxing match to raise funds for vulnerable LGBTQ + homeless people.
He tweeted: “In a few weeks my youngest daughter will be fighting in her very first boxing match! She is fighting to raise money for a great cause. Hopefully his initials aren’t knocked out for nothing! ”
While last year he tweeted, “Kudos to my daughter who sold her first show on Saturday. I couldn’t come but she sent me this to let me know I was there in spirit! – share a photo of Kristina wearing a t-shirt with her face on.
News of Des’s death was confirmed over the weekend.
His agent revealed he died in hospital yesterday a week after suffering a fall at home.
They said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that I confirm that Des O’Connor passed away yesterday).
“He was admitted to hospital a little over a week ago, following a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire.
He was recovering well and in a good mood, visited by his family – in accordance with hospital lockdown rules – and was eager to get home.
“Unfortunately, last night his condition suddenly deteriorated and he walked away peacefully in his sleep.
“Des, who was 88, was loved so much by everyone. It was a joy to work with him – he was talented, fun, positive, enthusiastic, kind and a professional in his own right. “