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Jeanne Little’s daughter Katie heartbreakingly reveals her father Barry, 89, has died

‘I feel like I have lost both my parents’: Jeanne Little’s daughter Katie heartbreakingly reveals her father Barry, 89, has died… as her mother remains ‘oblivious’ amid her battle with Alzheimer’s

Jeanne Little’s husband Barry Little has died at the age of 89, just days after his birthday.  

The couple’s daughter Katie shared her heartbreak at losing her father, telling PS Sydney on Friday that she feels like she’s now lost both her parents. 

Barry died just over a week ago in the Sydney nursing home he shared with Jeanne, 81, who is reportedly ‘oblivious’ to the news amid her battle with Alzheimer’s.

So sad: Jeanne Little's daughter Katie (pictured recently) heartbreakingly revealed on Friday that her father Barry, 89, died just days after his 89th birthday earlier this month

So sad: Jeanne Little’s daughter Katie (pictured recently) heartbreakingly revealed on Friday that her father Barry, 89, died just days after his 89th birthday earlier this month

‘It was very emotional for me… you know, I feel like I have lost both my parents, Katie said, with Katie being the pair’s only child.

Katie said she was by her father’s side as he died, and that he wanted her to read pages from the book she published last year about their family, Catch A Falling Star.

‘Mentally he was fine, but physically he had been in a bad way for a long time,’ Katie said. 

Devastating: Barry (L) died just over a week ago in the Sydney nursing home he shared with Jeanne, 81, (R) who is reportedly 'oblivious' to the news amid her battle with Alzheimer's

Devastating: Barry (L) died just over a week ago in the Sydney nursing home he shared with Jeanne, 81, (R) who is reportedly ‘oblivious’ to the news amid her battle with Alzheimer’s

In 2017, Katie told Woman’s Day that her father was battling Parkinson’s disease. 

Jeanne and Barry married in 1971,  with Jeanne being one of the most vibrant and flamboyant entertainers in the industry.  

After retreating from the spotlight in 2011, it was confirmed the multi-Logie winner had been suffering from Alzheimer’s.     

Barry meanwhile told Nine Stories in 2014 that his ‘life ended’ when his wife Jeanne was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but that she still existed in his memory.

'It is horrible to see': Barry meanwhile told Nine Stories in 2014 that his 'life ended' when his wife Jeanne was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, but that she still existed in his memory (she's pictured in 2000)

‘It is horrible to see’: Barry meanwhile told Nine Stories in 2014 that his ‘life ended’ when his wife Jeanne was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but that she still existed in his memory (she’s pictured in 2000)

‘It is horrible to see someone so vital and alive go from that to sitting in a chair all day and needing to be washed and cared for,’ Barry said at the time.

‘But she is still so beautiful. There’s not a line on her face.’ 

Katie meanwhile told Woman’s Day in 2017 that said she’d support legalising euthanasia, so that her mother can ‘die with dignity.’ 

At the time, said her mother would not want to live the way she is living. 

'She'd be mortified': Katie meanwhile told Woman's Day in 2017 that said she'd support legalising euthanasia, so that her mother can 'die with dignity'

‘She’d be mortified’: Katie meanwhile told Woman’s Day in 2017 that said she’d support legalising euthanasia, so that her mother can ‘die with dignity’

‘She’s be mortified, and I know given a choice she’d never wish to be alive under these hideous circumstances,’ Katie said. 

She added: ‘I know mum would rather die than go on living for years like this.’ 

Katie said she can still remember a time during her childhood when her mother visited a friend who was in a similar position and said she supported euthanasia.

‘I’ll never forget hearing her say frankly, “Barry, if I ever get like that, put a pillow over my face.”    

Katie said at the time that her once vivacious mother can’t eat by herself and needs to be bathed by staff, and sits in her nursing home all day and is bedridden. 

'I know mum would rather die than go on living for years like this': Katie said at the time that her once vivacious mother can't eat by herself and needs to be bathed by staff, and sits in her nursing home all day and is bedridden

‘I know mum would rather die than go on living for years like this’: Katie said at the time that her once vivacious mother can’t eat by herself and needs to be bathed by staff, and sits in her nursing home all day and is bedridden

Daily Mail UK

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