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Daniel Radcliffe breaks down in tears reading great-grandfather’s suicide note

Harry Potter star discovers family tragedy in new series of BBC show Who Do You Think You Are?

Jacob Stolworthy@Jacob_Stol
Sunday 21 July 2019 12:49
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Daniel Radcliffe breaks down in tears on Who Do You Think You Are? after reading a suicide note written by his great-grandfather.

The Harry Potter actor discovered the family tragedy while participating in the BBC series, The Times reports.

In 1936, his great-grandfather Louis Gershon, who ran the family jewellery business in London’s Hatton Garden, was deeply affected by a robbery of goods amounting to approximately £3,000

The news made headlines with one story featuring a photograph showing Gershon collapsing upon hearing about the theft.

Fearing that the insurance company wouldn’t pay out, Gershon died by suicide after writing the note that finds its way into Radcliffe’s hands in tonight’s episode.

“You want to just reach into the past and go, ‘Whatever you’re going through, you have so much to offer the people who are around you and they still would all have loved you’”, an emotional Radcliffe says.

Earlier this year, Radcliffe picked his favourite Harry Potter film, acknowledging that his choice is one of the most unpopular outings among fans.

Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One on Tuesday. This year’s participants include Kate Winslet, Paul Merton and Bond star Naomie Harris.

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