Sunrise host Natalie Barr broke down in tears on The Morning Show on Wednesday after she saw photos of her father, who died of heart disease at the age of 61, flash up on screen.
The 53-year-old journalist sat down with Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies to talk about her father, Jim, and help raise awareness about heart disease on Give with Heart Day, but as the segment started she was unable to hold back the tears.
Larry had just started speaking to Nat about her father who had passed away 20 years ago in 2001, when she started sobbing and said: "I thought I could do this, I’m sorry."
Co-host Kylie was sympathetic saying: "It's seeing the photos isn't it?"
"Yeah it is," Nat replied before breaking down again: "Sorry. I’m sorry, I know you've just been through this Kylie, so many Australians have."
Kylie had herself fought back tears during The Morning Show last week, when revealing the news that her own father had died at the age of 91 and she had been unable to attend his funeral in person due to Covid.
After a few deep breathes, Nat was able to compose herself and continued with the important message she wanted to share, highlighting that every day, 50 Australians lose their lives to heart disease.
"I don’t think we are giving it the attention it deserves," she said.
"Our family went through this 20 years ago, and like many, many Australians families, it destroys your family and you never forget it and you really never get over it, so that’s why I’m supporting this cause.
"It’s just the hardest thing you ever have to go through."
Some of Australia’s most famous and recognisable landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, will light up red tonight (Wednesday Sep 15) in support of the Heart Foundation’s annual 24-hour fundraising challenge, Give with Heart Day.
"They will shine a light on heart disease and serve as a reminder that more Australians die of heart disease each year than any other single cause," Heart Foundation interim Group CEO, Professor Garry Jennings, said.
"Give with Heart Day rallies supporters throughout Australia to help raise money for heart disease research. Through life-saving research funded by the Heart Foundation, many Australians are given a second chance at life, keeping families together."
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