BBC Strictly’s Annabel Croft shares husband’s ‘final wish’ before his heartbreaking death

The tennis star turned TV presenter is hoping to make her late husband proud on Strictly Come Dancing 2023 and just last week, dedicated her Couple's Choice routine to him.

Annabel Croft, now 57, met her husband Mel Coleman in the 1980s and they were happily married for 30 years before his tragic death.

Mel was a millionaire from his day job, while Annabel was a tennis ace who made a name for herself at just 15 before retiring early due to career setbacks.

Now, Annabel is honouring husband's memory with professional partner Johannes Radebe and recently revealed his "final wish".

She told the pro dancer: "I just wish you had met my husband, because I have these flashbacks to our house and him watching you with tears running down his face.

"Honestly, it's so special, it's beyond anything I could put into words."

She added: "He used to cry watching it. He used to call me over if I was cooking, and he was crying watching it. So, I hope he's watching up there."

Last week, Annabel was overcome with emotion after she ended her Couple's Choice by looking up and blowing a kiss to her beloved late husband.

Their children, Amber Rose, Lily and Charlie were all in the audience watching on proudly.

Following their performance, Annabel shared a snap of herself with Johannes, thanking everyone for their support.

She wrote: "What a special night. Thank you so much for all the kind comments and support, particularly from everyone in my Strictly family – I couldn’t do this experience without all of you, especially @johannesradebe who has the ability to consistently make me laugh.

"A special shout out to @ashleighhunter83 and @arduinobertoncello who created such beautiful choreography and the wardrobe team for designing such a beautiful dress. Sending everyone lots of love xxx."

Annabel's daughter shared her support, writing: "I love you mum xxxx dad is so proud and here with us. You are the most beautiful woman I know and the most inspirational."

Former Strictly pro James Jordan added: "The most beautiful thing I’ve watched on Strictly for years."

Zara McDermott, who was voted off the show a week earlier, commented: "Cried my eyes out at this. Well done you two @annabel_croft @johannesradebe incredible choreo @arduinobertoncello @ashleighhunter83."

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