The Apprentice star, Jessica Cunningham, has been left devastated by the news that the father of her children has died.


Alistair Eccles, 35, was found by officers in Burnley over the weekend, and later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.


Jessica and Alistair have not been romantically involved for some time, but have three daughters - a bond no parent could deny. 



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A spokesman for Jessica, who also took part in Celebrity Big Brother last year, said: "Despite their break up, Alistair was a really good father to their children."


"Jessica is politely asking for some privacy at this devastating time so that she can protect their three girls," the statement continued. 


A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: "We were called shortly before 3am on August 11 following a report that a 35-year-old man had been taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital after he had been found hanging at an address in Burnley.



"He was sadly pronounced deceased at hospital. His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be passed to the coroner."

Alistair and Jessica ran a fashion business together, before it went bankrupt in 2015. 


Mr Eccles was previously found guilty of being part of a crime scam in 2013 and admitted money laundering before a judge, where he received a 15 month suspended jail sentence.



Jessica was said to have ended her relationship with Alistair shortly after his money laundering conviction. 


Our hearts go out to the three daughters of Alistair, along with Jessica. 


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