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Mary Berry breaks down in tears as she remembers son's tragic death

Emmy Griffiths

Mary Berry was in tears as she remembered the death of her 19-year-old son William during The Mary Berry Story, a BBC documentary about her life.

The Great British Bake Off judge, who is now a patron of Child Bereavement UK, visited William's grave on the programme, and spoke about how he died in a car crash while home from university in 1989.

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Mary spoke about losing her son, William

Revealing that she had made him a roast dinner on his return home as a treat, she said: "He hadn't been home for a few weekends so I thought I'd do roast lamb because it's his favourite… I can remember Will walking through the door on that Friday night and asking 'Mum, who's coming?' And I said, 'It's for you, it's so lovely to have you home and Annabel is here and Tom too, so we had a nice family meal."  

He then borrowed the car to go into town with his sister, Annabel, and was tragically killed in an accident. Annabel was unharmed.

"It was a glorious January day and it was sort of 1 o'clock and he wasn't home," Mary said. "The doorbell rang and a policeman was there and immediately then I knew why. He said, 'There's been an accident and I'm sorry to say your son is dead'."

Speaking about seeing him in hospital following the news, she said: "He just looked so beautiful and so lovely, his little cold face and it was nice to say farewell."

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Mary and her husband Paul Hunnings saw William after the car crash to say goodbye

Fans of the food writer spoke about the tragic accident, with one writing: "Never realised the tragedy in this dear lady's life. Love her that little bit more now. Bless her heart."

"Crying my heart out watching #TheMaryBerryStory and her talking about the loss of her son William. Heartbroken," another added.