Charlotte Church’s biological father has died from coronavirus aged 56

Charlotte Church’s biological father has died of Coronavirus aged 56 without being able to reconnect with his estranged daughter, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Stephen Reed was desperate to make amends with the former Voice of an Angel child star, 34, who he walked out on when she was just two.

Mr Reed was admitted to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, with Coronavirus before Christmas.

Loss: Charlotte Church's biological father Stephen Reed passed away from coronavirus aged 56 and was unable to reconnect with his estranged daughter, it was revealed on Wednesday

Loss: Charlotte Church's biological father Stephen Reed passed away from coronavirus aged 56 and was unable to reconnect with his estranged daughter, it was revealed on Wednesday

Loss: Charlotte Church’s biological father Stephen Reed passed away from coronavirus aged 56 and was unable to reconnect with his estranged daughter, it was revealed on Wednesday

It is understood he later died at his home in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan with his family at his side.

A post mortem examination was carried out for the Glamorgan Coroner but it is understood there will be no inquest because he died of natural causes.

It is believed Charlotte and her father did not make up prior to his death, and he did not meet his two oldest grandchildren Ruby, 13, and Dexter, 12. 

MailOnline has contacted Charlotte’s representatives for comment. 

Estranged: Stephen Reed was desperate to kiss and make up with the former Voice of an Angel child star, 34, who he walked out on when she was just two (Charlotte pictured in 1999)

Estranged: Stephen Reed was desperate to kiss and make up with the former Voice of an Angel child star, 34, who he walked out on when she was just two (Charlotte pictured in 1999)

Estranged: Stephen Reed was desperate to kiss and make up with the former Voice of an Angel child star, 34, who he walked out on when she was just two (Charlotte pictured in 1999)

In 2008, Mr Reed made a heartfelt public plea begging Charlotte for a reconciliation, and even turned up at her home. 

Ten months after her daughter Ruby’s birth, and as she was pregnant with her son Dexter, Mr Reed said: ‘Please get in contact with me – I still love you.

‘It upsets me very much that I’ve got a grandchild who I don’t know and another on the way, but what can I do?

‘When I see photos of Ruby, I see a lot of myself in her. I’m a good dad. I think I would be a good grandparent. I don’t see what the problem is.’

Passing: Mr Reed was admitted to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, with Coronavirus before Christmas, and he later died at his home (Charlotte pictured with her mother Maria)

Passing: Mr Reed was admitted to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, with Coronavirus before Christmas, and he later died at his home (Charlotte pictured with her mother Maria)

Passing: Mr Reed was admitted to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, with Coronavirus before Christmas, and he later died at his home (Charlotte pictured with her mother Maria)

Charlotte had previously declared that she had no intention of getting reacquainted with her biological father or his immediate family.

In an interview at the time, she claimed: ‘They are strangers to me. I don’t know if they are moral. Ignorance is bliss. I’m staying in my own ignorant bubble, right or wrong.’

Mr Reed walked out on wife Maria and two-year-old Charlotte to start a new life with hospital podiatrist Alison, who he married 33 years ago.

The couple have two sons Luke, 32, and Alex, 28, and several grandchildren. 

Apart: In 2008, Mr Reed made a public plea begging Charlotte for a reconciliation, she had previously declared she had no intention of getting reacquainted with him (pictured with her mother and stepfather James in 2000)

Apart: In 2008, Mr Reed made a public plea begging Charlotte for a reconciliation, she had previously declared she had no intention of getting reacquainted with him (pictured with her mother and stepfather James in 2000)

Apart: In 2008, Mr Reed made a public plea begging Charlotte for a reconciliation, she had previously declared she had no intention of getting reacquainted with him (pictured with her mother and stepfather James in 2000)

Mr Reed was a former computer engineer but became a successful beekeeper.

His business, the Wildflower Honey Company, is a regular at food festivals and agricultural shows in Wales and the West Country.

Charlotte lived just 12 miles away from her estranged father in the village of Dinas Powys where she runs a private school.

She was engaged to former Wales and British Lions rugby star Gavin Henson when her natural father tried to get in touch in 2008.

But Charlotte stayed loyal to her mum Maria and stepdad James, who had adopted her when she was three.

Charlotte told of her fears at losing James after he was diagnosed with a rare terminal blood disorder, AL amyloidosis, in 2019.

At the time, she said of his illness: ‘It’s absolutely terrifying the idea of not having him around. I rely on him for so much, he’s my buddy, my absolute best friend and has been for years.’ 

Charlotte married musician Johnny Powell in 2017 and the couple welcomed a baby girl together in August last year.

Family: Charlotte stayed loyal to her mum Maria and stepdad James, who had adopted her when she was three (pictured together in 2004)

Family: Charlotte stayed loyal to her mum Maria and stepdad James, who had adopted her when she was three (pictured together in 2004)

Family: Charlotte stayed loyal to her mum Maria and stepdad James, who had adopted her when she was three (pictured together in 2004)

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  1. The only loser is the BBC. Brand and Ross brought a younger generation of listner to radio 2 – who will all now switch off and go back to C4 and radio 1. Hope all those sad little people who complained are happy that radio 2 will now be a station of coffin dodgers

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