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Sam Mac makes emotional return to Sunrise and fights back tears during tribute to his late cat Coco


Sunrise weatherman Sam Mac made an emotional return to the breakfast show on Wednesday, after the death of his beloved pet cat Coco. 

Sam, 40, fought back tears during the weather segment when he paid tribute to Coco – who died over the weekend.

After Sam said a few words about his late rescue cat, Sunrise host Natalie Barr, 54, also revealed that she had to put down her pet cat Flash just days ago due to old age.

Back to it: Sam Mac made an emotional return to Sunrise on Wednesday and fought back tears during a tribute to his late cat Coco (pictured)

Back to it: Sam Mac made an emotional return to Sunrise on Wednesday and fought back tears during a tribute to his late cat Coco (pictured)

Coco died at the age of 14, while Flash died at the age of 18.    

‘My beloved Coco, my rescue cat, who featured on the show for many years, sadly had to say goodbye on the weekend,’ Sam began, as footage of Coco played. 

‘It was extremely difficult, any pet lover or anyone who has been through that knows how hard it is. They are family, they’re more than just a cat or dog.’

'It was extremely difficult, any pet lover or anyone who has been through that knows how hard it is. They are family, they're more than just a cat or dog,' Sam said

‘It was extremely difficult, any pet lover or anyone who has been through that knows how hard it is. They are family, they’re more than just a cat or dog,’ Sam said

Another loss: After Sam said a few words about his late rescue cat, Sunrise host Natalie Barr, 54, also revealed that she had to put down her pet cat Flash just days ago due to old age

Another loss: After Sam said a few words about his late rescue cat, Sunrise host Natalie Barr, 54, also revealed that she had to put down her pet cat Flash just days ago due to old age

Sam also revealed his Go Fund Me page set up in honour of Coco – to help other rescue animals at the Sydney Dogs and Cats home – had raised an incredible $21,000. 

He added: ‘It’s real grief when you lose an animal, but I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to people reaching out… it’s still hard to talk about.’ 

‘Mwah, love to Coco,’ he finished.

Back on the news desk, Natalie Barr revealed her cat Flash also had to be put down on the weekend at the age of 18.  

‘It wasn’t a good week for cats,’ she said. 

Heartbreaking: Back on the news desk, Natalie Barr revealed her cat Flash (pictured) also had to be put down on the weekend at the age of 18

Heartbreaking: Back on the news desk, Natalie Barr revealed her cat Flash (pictured) also had to be put down on the weekend at the age of 18

‘We had to put our own cat Flash down… she’s not as famous as Coco, she was 18, the kids grown up with her. She had a good life,’ she said.  

Sam broke down in tears on Sunday as he announced his pet cat Coco had died.

He said he’d been through ‘one of the worst days of my life’ after coming home to find his Burmilla rescue cat unwell, before confirming Coco’s death hours later.

Sam said in a tearful Instagram video: ‘I got home from Canada and opened the door. Coco was slumped over against the wall.’

‘Her legs weren’t functioning. Her eyes were closed, but she was still breathing but in a really bad way. It was extremely confronting,’ he added. 

Sad: Sam broke down in tears on Sunday as he announced his pet cat Coco had died. He said he'd been through 'one of the worst days of my life' after coming home to find his Burmilla rescue cat unwell, before confirming Coco's death hours later

Sad: Sam broke down in tears on Sunday as he announced his pet cat Coco had died. He said he’d been through ‘one of the worst days of my life’ after coming home to find his Burmilla rescue cat unwell, before confirming Coco’s death hours later

Sam, who started an Instagram account for Coco that grew to 13,000 followers, said he rushed his cat to the vet, but she was ‘not responsive’ to treatment and there was nothing they could do to save her. 

‘It doesn’t feel real. It f**king hurts. She’s been such an important part of my life, a real shining light, one of the best things to ever happen to me.

‘She’s made me so happy. She’s my best little buddy. She’s always been there for the last 13 years.’ 

'It doesn't feel real. It f**king hurts. She's been such an important part of my life, a real shining light, one of the best things to ever happen to me,' he said

‘It doesn’t feel real. It f**king hurts. She’s been such an important part of my life, a real shining light, one of the best things to ever happen to me,’ he said

Sam had adopted Coco from the RSPCA when she was a kitten.

In addition to her appearances on Sunrise and Instagram, Coco also featured on the cover of Sam’s 2021 autobiography Accidental Weatherman.

Sam revealed in 2019 he’d taken Coco with him to the Logie Awards, and even treated her to hotel room service. 

Sam also confirmed Coco’s death in a separate post on Instagram, sharing a photo of himself holding the cat’s paws at the animal hospital.

He said his former roommate Ally Mansell and good friend Dr Chris Brown ‘dropped everything’ to be by his side because his girlfriend Rebecca James was in Melbourne at the time.

Saying goodbye: Sam also confirmed Coco's death in a separate post on Instagram, sharing a photo of himself holding the cat's paws at the animal hospital

Saying goodbye: Sam also confirmed Coco’s death in a separate post on Instagram, sharing a photo of himself holding the cat’s paws at the animal hospital

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