Jack James Ryan, best known for portraying Jacob Hay in Coronation Street, has been left 'devastated' this week following the unexpected death of his family dog Frank.
The actor took to Instagram to pay tribute to the French Bulldog, who passed away due to an aggressive cancer. Sharing a heart-warming picture with the pup, the star detailed his emotion.
"Utterly devastated to say we lost my best boy Frank today very unexpectedly to an aggressive cancer. He was the best mate a guy could ask for," wrote Jack.
While another Instagram Story post showed Frank alongside a pug and a dachshund, with the actor dubbing them an 'iconic trio' while adding a broken heart emoji.
The difficult post comes after Jack departed Coronation Street earlier this year in a surprise exit for his character Jacob, sharing that he had done 'what he intended to do' with the venture.
He said at the time: : "It was a really hard decision, because I love the character so much. But I was coming up to that two-year mark on the show and the conversations upstairs were very much about looking at the long haul of what Jacob was going to do and who he was going to be on the Street with.
"Of course, that was incredibly humbling. Those types of conversation are just amazing. But I'm still young and there's so much stuff that I want to go and do. I felt, in a way, that I'd come and done what I intended to do."
Jack is now an ambassador for charity Teenage Cancer Trust, after being diagnosed with, and beating, testicular cancer when he was just 19.
Thankfully catching it early, Jack detailed the ordeal in an interview with The Mirror last year, explaining: "Every day I get on set I think: ‘Wow, this could have been so different. I don’t take anything for granted anymore. I did before, but I don’t now – I know how lucky I am.
"When I was diagnosed with cancer, I did think there was a possibility I might not make it. But I did and I’m living my dream. I’m just so glad that things turned out well and I’m grateful that I’m here. I’m loving every second of it," explained the star.
Jack was studying at drama school when he returned to his mum Maranna’s house in Manchester for the Easter holidays and discovered a lump.
He said: “I was really lucky. The doctors thought I’d literally found the lump within the week that it grew. That was why I didn’t need a lot of treatment afterwards. From finding the lump to being on the operating table took just two weeks. They moved so quickly.”
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