Packed To The Rafters star Hugh Sheridan is mourning the heartbreaking loss of his father, who has died aged 76.
Hugh’s father — veteran swing singer Denis Sheridan — died yesterday in Adelaide after a battle with cancer.
In announcing the sad news, Denis’ cousin Neville Quist said he died while surrounded by his “beautiful loving family” in Adelaide.
“Denis Sheridan my legendary cousin has exited the stage for the very last time,” Neville wrote.
“The King of Swing and former Lord Mayor of Unley who opened for Frank Sinatra at Sanctuary Cove has sadly passed away yesterday (Monday) surrounded by his beautiful loving family.
“Denis was the consummate entertainer who lit up every room with his charm and style.
“He sang beautifully at our wedding and into all of our hearts as long as I can ever remember.”
It comes just days after Hugh told The West Australian that he father’s health was deteriorating.
“He’s gone into palliative care with cancer,” Hugh said on Thursday.
“It’s been hard for all of us. We were planning to get married on New Year’s Eve, but I want Dad to be there, so we’re not sure.”
In March, Hugh delighted fans when he popped the question to Kurt Roberts during his Hughman show at Adelaide Fringe Festival.
The 35-year-old actor revealed that his dad’s terminal illness prompted him to propose even though the couple had not been together long.
“When I found out I said to Kurt: ‘If we are going to get married then we should probably do it sooner rather than later’,” Hugh said.
“Kurt said; ‘OK sure’. Then I was thinking about it later and I thought; ‘What kind of proposal was that?’
“So I went out and bought a ring and flew his family to be seated in the audience on the night.”
Denis’ final performance was in March, at a tribute show held in his honour at the Swing a Ding Den at Adelaide’s Arkaba Hotel, where Hugh joined him on stage.