John Bishop shares heartbreaking news as he mourns major family loss

Comedian John Bishop has shared the “heartbreaking” news that his pet pig has died.

The 56-year-old star announced the news on Instagram on Thursday (June 9) to announce that his pig Milo had sadly passed away.

John had kept the pig for over 10 years after his wife Melanie adopted him when he was on tour.

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He wrote: "Today we lost a friend. Milo was the first rescue animal @melbish1 adopted when I returned home from a tour to find him in the garden. Since then he has been the heartbeat of our animal family."

The comic shared a clip of him cuddling Milo in his garden and posted pics of him enjoying life at their West Sussex home.

He added: “I am so grateful that @melbish1 captured me sat with him last weekend, something I would often do until he would get bored of me and move away."

“He has lived with us for over a decade and wandered wherever he wanted,” he added. “He had a special relationship with Mel’s mum and a unique bond with Mel. I never ever thought we would have a pig as a pet and I never knew how much I would miss him knowing he won’t be there when I go into the garden.”

“Like all pets he gave so much more than he took. Goodnight Milo – I am going to miss our chats,” the star sadly concluded.

Friends and fans flooded the comment section to support the star, including fellow comedian Paddy McGuinness.

Paddy said: “Gutted to hear that pal. My kids loved meeting him. Proper character."

John’s wife Melanie added: “Always my little wandering Prince.”

While a fan added: “Animals are such an important part of a family. RIP Milo.”

Another wrote: “It’s the worst feeling losing a beloved pet, they are family and bring so much to our lives.”

Awe John I’m so sorry to hear this! They really are part of the family. Sleep tight Milo ! You and Mel gave him the. Best life so I hope there’s some comfort in knowing that Xx" another posted.

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