Richard E Grant says grief has hit him 'like a tsunami' as he thanks fans for support after wife's death

RICHARD E Grant has revealed how grief has hit him 'like a tsunami' as he thanked fans for support after his wife's death.

On Friday, the Oscar-nominated actor revealed his beloved wife Joan Washington had passed away in a heartbreaking tweet.

Richard, 64, was immediately inundated with messages of love and support from his fans, and on Saturday he took to Twitter again to thank them.

He wrote in another heartbreaking message alongside a montage of family pictures: "Overwhelmed by the messages of love, condolence & support we have received from loved ones & strangers from all over the world & the appreciation from actors Joan taught over the years. 

"Grief hits us like tsunamis as we try and put one foot in front of the other without her."

It is not yet clear how Joan, a dialect coach, died.

Sharing the sad news on Friday, Richard wrote: "ONLY YOU!Joan – Love of my Life & Giver of Life to our daughter Olivia.

"Our hearts are broken with the loss of your Life last night. 35 years married & 38 together.

"To be truly known and seen by you, is your immeasurable gift. Do not forget us, sweet Monkee-mine."

The actor accompanied the moving tribute with a video of him dancing with Joan.

Richard married Joan in 1986 after meeting her when she taught an accent session at an acting school in December 1982. 

The couple have a daughter Olivia together and Richard is also stepdad to Joan's son Tom from a previous relationship.

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