It's just been announced that David Cameron's father Ian has just died, a short time after the PM arrived at his hospital bedside in France, having suffered a stroke earlier today. I so hope he knew that his son was there.
I think for those of us who are a similar age to David Cameron it's the thing we most dread in our lives - the passing of a parent. As I type this my eyes are moist just thinking how he, his mother, brother and sister will be feeling.
Whatever our views, whatever our politics, I hope we can all be united in thinking of the Cameron family this afternoon.
UPDATE: A commenter reports... "PA reports that Nicolas Sarkozy personally approved a helicopter to take DC to the hospital, without which, he may not have been there to say goodbye to his father. Say what you like about our French neighbours but when it comes down to it, they're a pretty civilized bunch. I'm sure the PM appreciated the gesture enormously."
UPDATE: The Telegraph has a full obituary of Ian Cameron HERE.