Who is Bert Perkins, when did Sue Perkins' father die and how did visiting to the Ganges help Sue deal with the grief?

SUE Perkins is a rare gem in British television who is known for her quick wit and charm.

But behind the scenes the former Bake Off host was left heartbroken after seeing her father suffer in his final days before his death.

Who was Bert Hopkins?

Bert Hopkins used to work as a car dealer in Croydon.

He was the father of comedian Sue Perkins.

Sue Perkins is a comedian, broadcaster, actor, and writer.

She came to prominence through her comedy partnership with Mel Giedroyc in Mel and Sue.

She has since become best known as a radio broadcaster and television presenter, most notably as the former host of The Great British Bake Off.

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How did Bert Hopkins die?

Bert died after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in 2017.

The brain tumour was originally identified by an optician at his local Specsavers.

Previously, in the 1990s, he had been diagnosed with colon cancer – but treatment for this proved successful.

Sue claimed that dealing with the cancer left him depressed.

She told The Telegraph in 2015: "Some people don’t survive it [cancer] well, and the model that a person returns home and their hair grows back and they go around the world doesn’t work.

"I thought 'Dad’d do that’, but after so much chemo, so many CAT scans, he just wanted to stay at home.

"It just overwhelmed him.”

He passed away in 2017, six months before her new show, The Ganges With Sue Perkins.

How did Sue Perkins deal with the death of her father?

Sue has said that filming her new show and visiting the Ganges helped her deal with the grieving process.

She told iNews: "I think India is a place where everything is very visceral and out in the open.

"I think sometimes in the West we are fashioned not to express emotion or grief or pain and we keep it in.”

When it came to making the pilgrimage to India for filming, Sue said that the trip gave her the "space" to grieve.

She told What's On TV: "My dad died six months beforehand and, because I live in London and it’s so fast-moving, it meant I’d suppressed everything and buried it, so I didn’t have to feel that surge of pain.

"This trip gave me the space to be truly sad. My dad’s really worth grieving over, so I’m really glad I started that process.”

“When I hit the wall and had altitude sickness, I had this phrase in my head: ‘Take it steady’.

"It’s something Dad always used to say – for instance when he took the stabilisers off my bike or, when I was grown up, if I was leaving him to drive back home.”

Sue has spoken openly about the death of her father in hopes of raising awareness.

She now partners with Specsavers to get the word out that people should get their eyes checked before it is too late.

Speaking about the campaign, she said: "With something like glaucoma, there are so many things that can be done, you don’t have to succumb to it.

"I am a very proud glasses wearer. I don’t take my sight for granted. When you see things that are preventable through fear, tiredness and other things, that is really sad."

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