‘So many questions I wish I’d asked’ Rachel Riley shares emotional post after family loss

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Rachel Riley, 36, has taken to Instagram today to share an emotional message which included a picture of two of her family members.

The post comes just as the Countdown co-presenter recently celebrated her birthday.

She shared the post with her 534,000 Instagram followers.

The mathematician shared that as well as her birthday, this week would also have been her grandfather’s and her uncles’ birthday.

The full post read: “As well as my birthday, this week would have been both of my grandads’ and my uncle’s birthdays, but now it’s just me left…

“Having kids really makes you think about family.

“So many questions I wish I’d asked them! Happy birthday Zada for today, Grandad for Sunday and Uncle Simon for Saturday.

“Gone but never forgotten.”

Fans were quick to comment on Rachel’s post to offer their support and share birthday messages.

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Donaldbell1944 wrote: “You are so right about ‘the questions I would have asked them’.

“Nowadays, I find myself simply sharing stuff with my children so that they don’t have that regret.

“Needless to say they find some of it trying.”

Pievsky wrote: “We are all guilty of not asking questions to our family.

“We don’t realise until it’s too late xx.”

The_craigt gushed over the good looks of one of Rachel’s family members in the photo.

He penned: “One of your granddads looks like a James Bond Roger Moore.” (sic)

Elsewhere, Rachel was recently replaced in her role as a maths expert on Countdown by Anne-Marie Imafidon, 31 for her maternity leave.

Speaking to Steph McGovern on Channel 4’s Packed lunch, Anne-Marie explained that the job is tougher than it looked.

“It was fun in a way, but it’s still a job,” Anne-Marie admitted.

“Like, it’s six things at the same time, I’m having to check their answers, I’m having to write it legibly, I’m also having to move.

“I’ve got bigger hair than Rachel does so I’m having to stand and not cover Anne’s camera or the numbers or the letters.”

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