Richard E Grant shares moving tribute ahead of wife's funeral

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20:  Joan Washington and Richard E. Grant attend the Jameson Empire Awards 2016 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 20, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Joan Washington and Richard E Grant were married for 35 years. (Getty Images)

Richard E Grant has penned a heartbreaking tribute to his late wife ahead of her funeral.

The Withnail And I actor revealed last week that his wife Joan Washington had passed away at the age of 71

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Sharing a moving image of the pair hugging ahead of her funeral on Thursday, he tweeted: “35 years ago we pledged ‘In Sickness and in Health’.

"That Time has come for us today, as @OliviaGranted & I and our friends gather for the funeral of my beloved wife, Joan. 

"The depth of our sorrow mirrored by the magnitude of our love.”

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Grant and Washington – who was a voice coach – had been together for 38 years and were married for 35.

They welcomed their daughter Olivia in 1989.

Announcing his wife's death, Grant shared a video of them dancing together and wrote: “ONLY YOU! Joan - Love of my Life & Giver of Life to our daughter Olivia. 

"Our hearts are broken with the loss of your Life last night.

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"35 years married & 38 together. 

"To be truly known and seen by you, is your immeasurable gift."

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"Do not forget us, sweet Monkee-mine," he added.

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The 64-year-old actor later said he had been “overwhelmed” by the messages of love and support he had received after sharing his sad news.

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“Grief hits us like tsunamis as we try and put one foot in front of the other without her,” he added.

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