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Che Chesterman has heartbreakingly revealed his dad has died at the age of 45.
The 24 year old, who finished in the final of The X Factor in 2015, has now paid tribute to his "amazing" dad following his tragic death last week.
His dad, also named Che, worked as a groundsman and heartbreakingly lost his life after battling on life support for two weeks.
The singer announced his dad's death in a touching interview with Basildon Echo, the newspaper of his hometown, where Che Senior passed away.
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Che said: "We were very close. He taught me everything I know about music and is the reason I got into it in the first place.
"He loved singing and football – he was a major Arsenal fan. That, his partner Nancie and his five kids Jorgie, me, Grant, Jamie and Mark, were his world.
"He was such a family man and loved to do gigging every now and then – singing and writing was what he knew.
"When I was on X Factor and got my songs through for the live shows he would always ring me up to give me advice, and we’d practice together all the time."
He added in the emotional interview: "I dedicate my career to him, he is why I do what I do."
Che detailed how his father had become ill "very suddenly," with doctors believing he had suffered a stroke without anyone realising.
His family have now set up a Go Fund Me page to help raise funds for the family, and in particular his youngest child Jorgie.
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The page has so far raised over £1,000, with the information reading: "It's been a very long and painful 2 weeks and the fight he put up was unbelievable. Unfortunately his brain gave up and his beloved dad came to collect him.
"He was literally the most caring, strong, loyal, funny, emotional man you would ever meet! Che had struggles in life but he always managed to make others smile and laugh. His dry sense on humour was out of this world. Anyone who knew him was a very lucky person.
"Che's partner Nancie and his children were his world! Him and Nancie had something so special that not everyone will experience in their life time! True Love! They worshipped each other's ground they walked on!
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"Everyone is completely heart broken, it was very sudden and definitely not expected. He has left behind the most beautiful baby girl Jorgie who we are thankful she is so young, only 2 and a half years old and does not know really what's happened.
"She will know her dad in time with the videos, and the singing will be drummed into her. She will never forget her dads voice that's for sure!!
"The pain will never go away, the sadness this has caused everyone in his family and friends is indescribable… he was such a big character and he will leave a massive hole in our hearts."
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