BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth has been left ‘utterly heartbroken’ following the death of her dog Winnie.
The 52-year-old revealed the sad news on Twitter and explained to fans that her pup had died on Friday night after being hit by a car.
Sophie paid tribute to her pet pooch on the social media site and uploaded a cute snap of her holding Winnie in her arms on a walk in the countryside.
She tweeted: ‘Our gorgeous cavapoo puppy Winnie died on Friday night. She was hit by a car, chasing squirrels.’
Sophie continued: ‘I never knew it was possible to love a dog that much. A total joy and my constant companion. She was also my newest running buddy. She loved running. Utterly heartbroken.’
The star was inundated with messages of support, including from BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker.
Many of Sophie’s followers had also reached out to her, sharing photos of their own pets who they had sadly lost and relating to her experience.
Sophie is known for presenting the news on BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten.
She recently opened up on feeling ‘claustrophobic’ over delivering news amid the coronavirus pandemic and said it has been like ‘no story she’s ever done before’.
Speaking to Runner’s World UK, Sophie explained: ‘It was the first story I’ve ever done where it wasn’t something you could escape. After all, it’s affecting your life as much as everybody else’s.
‘This has been like no story I’ve done before. At work we live and breathe it, there’s no escape whatsoever. I did start to feel really claustrophobic. Everybody’s world is just that bit smaller.’
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