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

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

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

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

Sad times: Sunrise weatherman Sam Mac made an emotional return to the breakfast show on Wednesday following the death of his beloved pet cat Coco

Sad times: Sunrise weatherman Sam Mac made an emotional return to the breakfast show on Wednesday following the death of his beloved pet cat Coco 

‘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': Sam, 40, fought back tears during a weather segment as he paid tribute to Coco, who died over the weekend

‘It was extremely difficult, any pet lover or anyone who has been through that knows how hard it is’: Sam, 40, fought back tears during a weather segment as he paid tribute to Coco, who died over the weekend

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

Sam also revealed his GoFundMe 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. 

‘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,’ he said.

‘Mwah, love to Coco.’

Back on the news desk, Barr spoke of her anguish of having to put her cat Flash down at the age of 18.  

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

'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' Nat said

‘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’ Nat said

‘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.’ 

Sam broke down in tears on Sunday as he announced his pet cat Coco had died at age 14 over the weekend. 

He said he’d been through ‘one of the worst days of his 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.’ 

Sad: Sam broke down in tears on Sunday when 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 when 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 which had 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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