Dame Barbara Windsor passed away last week and her husband Scott Mitchell has opened up about his grief for the first time.
The former EastEnders icon died aged 83 after a tough battle with Alzheimer's.
Scott, 57, Barbara's third husband, made his first public appearance since her death at Good Morning Britain's 1 Million Minutes Awards, reports The Mirror.
As he presented an award named in Barbara's honour to palliative carer Nassrat Bi, he said he still can't believe that Barbara isn't here anymore.
He said: "I can't believe only a week ago she was still here and now she's not.
"There's the circle of life. I don't think I can still believe it to be honest with you.
"I want to tell you one other thing about your story, which gave me the courage today to do this video for you.
"That's when I was first asked, I said I thought I would be too emotional, in too much of a state to be able to do it."
Nassrat cares for people who are dying and supports their families, and Scott said Barbara's carers were invaluable.
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He added: "I know what it takes, now, to sit next to someone at the end of life and just have comforting reassuring words coming from the carers.
"To watch your loved one be comforted and be cared for and the relief that gives you and the support to the family, you will never know what it means to loved ones to be a part of that process and to be included and cared for as well as the person who is coming to the end of their life with the disease."
Before the Peggy Mitchell actress died, she had been living in a care home, after her neurologist suggested she move for round-the-clock care.
Scott announced in 2018 that Barbara had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, but the news wasn't made public for some time.
The actress, known for her work in the Carry On films, died last week.
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