Gary, 56, took to Twitter on Monday to share that his beloved mother “passed away peacefully in her sleep” as he and his eldest son Jack, 20, continue their fight after testing positive.
Sharing a photo of his late mother sitting next to his wife Wendy, with whom he also shares his 17-year-old son Freddie, Gary said: “Thank you very much everyone for such wonderful support to my son and I as we recover from Covid.
“Last Sunday, my mother also contracted the virus. 3 generations in one week. I am devastated to say that my mother did not survive and passed peacefully in her sleep last Thursday. She was much loved. ”
Many of Gary’s former soap co-stars and famous buddies reached out to him in the comments.
Gary played Graham Clark on EastEnders in 1987 before returning to the soap opera in 2016 to play Neville Peacock.
He also starred in ITV’s Minder as Ray Daley.
Emmerdale actress Laura Norton replied, “I’m sorry to hear that Gary. Sending love. ”
EastEnders actress Lucy Benjamin said, “Omg Gary. I am very sorry. I send you lots of xxx love. ”
Little Mo actress Kacey Ainsworth told the star, “Sorry for your loss Gary xxx. ”
Gary’s heartbreaking update came days after telling supporters he was isolating himself after testing positive with his son.
“To all of my followers, don’t think I’ve been ignoring anyone recently.
“It has been a very sad and difficult week, with my oldest tested positive for Covid on Tuesday and myself tested positive yesterday.
“Please wear masks. Social distance, ”he told users of the social media site.