EUROVISION legend Johnny Logan has suffered a “broken heart” after the death of his older brother.
The 69-year-old Hold Me Now star took to social media to announce the death of Michael Sherrard last night.
Michael died exactly six years after her brother Eamon’s death in 2017.
The 71-year-old, who lived in Manchester, had been Johnny’s guitarist and musical director for many years.
In an emotional post, Johnny said: “There’s a hole in our hearts now that will never heal.”
He wrote on Facebook: “It is with a broken heart that I announce the death of my brother Michael Sherrard.”
“He passed away surrounded by his three wonderful children. I was with him the day before.”
“He leaves behind his children Chloe, Ellie and Nathaniel, his grandson Henry, our sister Fiona, our cousin Miggie, me and our extended family.
“Most of you have known Michael for years and you will know how much we loved each other.
“There is now a hole in our hearts that will never heal. I wish I could say more, but I’m at a loss for words right now.”
“He died six years to the day since we lost our younger brother Eamonn.
“We’ll see each other again, my dear brothers Michael and Eamonn, with our parents, but not yet.”
“I write this with a broken heart and tears in my eyes. Love, Sean.”
A number of fans rushed to express their condolences to Johnny and his family.
One person wrote: “My deepest and sincere condolences go out to you and your family Sean.”
Another added: “My deepest condolences Sean for you and your family.”
“Sending hugs and prayers. RIP Michael. May your memories shine bright and brighten these dark moments.”
Someone else said: “I’m so sorry that you and your family have lost Michael. He has brought us all so many laughs and great music over the years. I will miss him. My condolences, Sean, to you and the family.”
Souls of deceased brothers
In September, Logan shared how he carries the souls of his deceased brothers on his shoulders when he takes the stage.
Johnny, who took the competition trophy home to Ireland three times, told presenter Joe Duffy on RTE’s The Meaning of Life that he believes he will return to his late family in another location when his time has come.
Johnny, whose real name is Sean Sherrard, said: “Liam lived for about three weeks but he was baptized.”
“The teachings of the time said he was an angel.
“If you wanted to talk to God or someone on your side, it was always Liam, that’s what I grew up with. I find it difficult to talk about Eamon. I still talk to him.”
“Whenever I go on stage I put her on my shoulder and say, ‘Liam, you sit here and Eamon, you sit there.’
“It’s a routine I go through when I sing.”
Speaking about Eamon, Johnny said that after his death he hoped his ashes would be spread near Howth in Dublin, where they grew up.
He said: “I think about him a lot and hope and believe that one day we will always be together.”
“We threw some of his ashes into the sea off Ireland’s Eye and I hope I can take some of my ashes there with him so he’s not alone.”
And not only does Johnny have his brothers in his heart, but he also reveals that he is wearing a Feis Ceoil medal that his father won while performing on stage in the 1930s.
He said: “When he died I lost my voice for a while and whenever I sing I put this on and feel like he’s coming on stage with me and it’s something physical that I can touch.”
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