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Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid have confirmed that Doris Hobday, one half of Britain’s oldest identical twins, has sadly passed away aged 96.
The popular Good Morning Britain guest, who regularly appeared on the ITV breakfast show alongside her sister Lilian Cox, died on January 5 after contracting coronavirus.
Doris battled the virus for two weeks, along with her sister, who continues to fight the illness.
Sharing the sad news with the nation, Piers, 55, explained: "We start with some sad news we were made aware of a few days ago."
Calling the sisters "two of our favourite guests on this programme", he continued: "Very sadly Doris has lost her life.
"Lil is still with us and battling hard, and she's aware of what has happened to her long-loved twin. It's a very sad day for her family, Lil and us here.
"They bought such a ray of sunshine to our lives during the first wave of this pandemic with their infectious humour, great laugh, and cheekiness. They were a wonderful duo."
Susanna, 50, went on to read out a tribute from the family, who shared that Doris was just days away from receiving her coronavirus vaccination.
The moving statement from Doris' family said: "Both were determined to live until 100, they had so much to live for… It's just so cruel that Covid has stopped Doris like this.
"Our thoughts go out to all the families who have experienced a los through Covid and we urge people to take this seriously.
"Doris was only a few weeks away from being safe. With her vaccine letter arriving two days after he death.
"If you are offered the vaccine please take it, do not refuse it. Doris didn't get this choice."
Viewers at home rushed to their keyboards to pay tribute to GMB favourite Doris.
Taking to Twitter, one fan penned: "Aww RIP Doris you were a joy to watch on."
Another added: "So sorry to hear Doris has past away, Love to Lil and her family at this time.."
A third person posted: "Such sad news @piersmorgan . The twins were everything that England should represent. Comedy, laughter and honesty. Living life to the full. Clear to see you are struggling to talk about this. Rest in Peace Doris."
While a fourth said: "Ahh poor Doris! Genuinely saddened by that! They were hilarious! Rest in peace lovely lady!"
The hosts then re-played their famous interview on Good Morning Britain which made the twins go viral.
Piers and Susanna were left in hysterics as they admitted their secret to long life was sex.
Doris will be laid to rest with her husband who she lost 11 years ago.
They were married 65 years, and her funeral takes place on February 15.
Lil has set up a has set up a page to raise money for the Beacon Centre charity in her sister's memory.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am
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