AJ Pritchard pens emotional tribute to late grandmother as he and brother Curtis attend her funeral

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AJ Pritchard has shared a touching tribute to his late grandmother, who passed away while he was in the I’m A Celebrity castle last month.

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional, 26, shared a series of happy photos and videos of his beloved Nanna, along with photos of himself and his Love Island brother Curtis Pritchard in tears as they attended her funeral.

One sweet clip shows AJ filming his Nanna and asking her to dance, while another shows his late grandmother holding up a newspaper as AJ asked: “Who does it look like Nanna?”

To which she said: “You… I don’t know who it is.”

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AJ, who recently revealed his girlfriend Abbie Quieten lost more weight than he did during his time on I’m A Celeb, shared a sweet tribute to his grandmother in the caption.

He began with: “Nanna RIP. 93 years young…

“Nanna found great pleasure in making everyone feel happy. Whether that be making sure you had a cuppa tea in one hand or making sure you were sat down & warm in the house.”

Professional dancer AJ continued: “Whilst I never talked about my job with Nanna ; it always brought me great pleasure that Nanna would describe this person on the television that danced. She would go on to say that he looks just like you, sounds like you, he even has the same name as you, & Nanna would read about him in the newspaper all the time. This will always be a treasured memory of mine.”

AJ added: “You can shed tears that she is gone or you can smile because she has lived.

“You can remember her & only that she’s gone or you can cherish her memory & let it live on.

“You can cry & close your mind, be empty & turn your back or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love & go on.”

He ended his emotional tribute with: “Dear Nana we really miss you, & wish with us, you’d always be, but since God wants you too, I’ll keep your memories alive in me. Love you Xx”.

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AJ was flooded with messages of support from his celebrity friends in the comments.

I’m A Celeb’s Queen of the Castle Giovanna Fletcher,who is reportedly set to earn up to £4million, wrote: “Love you @aj11ace. That person on the telly your Nanna would see is one incredible guy and I’m sure she was extremely proud.”

While Jordan North added: “Sending my love to you and your family AJ”.

And Shane Richie said: “Thinking of you pal.”

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