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Robyn Lawley discusses her firefighter father’s tragic battle with cancer

Her beloved father Chris tragically died of cancer last Wednesday.

And Robyn Lawley has now revealed how ‘painful’ it was to witness her dad, 67, taking his last breaths after battling the disease for eight years. 

The devastated model, 29, explained that Chris – who was a firefighter for 33 years – felt so guilty about being in pain that he would apologise to the family.   

Tragedy: Robyn Lawley has revealed how 'painful' it was to witness her dad Chris, 67, taking his last breaths after battling cancer for eight years

Tragedy: Robyn Lawley has revealed how ‘painful’ it was to witness her dad Chris, 67, taking his last breaths after battling cancer for eight years

‘He was such a good man, he would say sorry to me, my sister and mother for being in pain,’ she told The Daily Telegraph.

The model, who will walk in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Monday, went on: ‘Witnessing dad’s battle with cancer and watching him take his last breath was painful.’

Chris died from acinic cell carcinoma, one of 12 cancers linked to fighting fires and caused by exposure to carcinogens and foam.  

Robyn said Chris, who was also a jet refueller, was regularly exposed to chemicals and asbestos and she called for there to be better masks and more awareness about toxic materials.  

Loss: 'He was such a good man, he would say sorry to me, my sister and mother for being in pain,' she told The Daily Telegraph. Pictured, Robyn as a young girl with Chris

Loss: ‘He was such a good man, he would say sorry to me, my sister and mother for being in pain,’ she told The Daily Telegraph. Pictured, Robyn as a young girl with Chris  

Nightmare: Robyn said Chris, who was also a jet refueller, was regularly exposed to chemicals and asbestos and she called for there to be better masks and more awareness about toxic materials

Nightmare: Robyn said Chris, who was also a jet refueller, was regularly exposed to chemicals and asbestos and she called for there to be better masks and more awareness about toxic materials

‘He was so healthy. His cancer was so obviously caused by the industries. I’m heart broken,’ she said. 

Last Friday, Robyn took to Instagram to pay tribute to Chris, calling life a ‘bittersweet symphony.’

Sharing a portrait of the Lawley patriarch, she penned: ‘Dad I love you and miss you so much, I’m glad I was by your side. If I could be as half as good as you I would be proud.’

Robyn was born in the Sydney suburb of Girraween and came from a close-knit family.   

Devastated: 'He was so healthy. His cancer was so obviously caused by the industries. I'm heart broken,' she said

Devastated: ‘He was so healthy. His cancer was so obviously caused by the industries. I’m heart broken,’ she said 

The New York-based model is believed to have jetted into her hometown of Sydney earlier this week. 

Robyn shares a daughter Ripley, four, with her lawyer partner, Everest Schmidt.  In the past, Robyn has spoken about her battle with autoimmune disease, Lupus. 

She suffered a horrific lupus-induced seizure while in her New York home last year, which left her with facial scars. 

‘When I had the seizure where I fell down stairs, I had deep cuts in three areas of my face,’ she told the Sydney Morning Herald. 

She added she was nervous it could affect her work, explaining: ‘Being a model and using my face for work naturally I was worried this would affect my job.’  

Via CelebStarZone

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