JAMIE Dornan has been left heartbroken after his dad Jim passed away aged 73 on Monday after a battle with coronavirus.
The 38-year-old Fifty Shades of Grey actor’s father was a renowned gynaecologist and obstetrician from Northern Ireland.
While his actor son Jamie is yet to break his social media silence to pay tribute to his father, many have written messages to the professor.
One tribute from Chair of Division of Clinical Psychology NI, Nichola Rooney, confirmed the sad news of Jim’s passing on Twitter.
“The great Prof Jim Dornan, one of a kind,” she wrote. “His glass brimmed over. A true visionary. My friend. RIP.”
Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI aded: “Incredibly sad news to share this morning as we learnt of the passing of Professor Jim Dornan.
“Jim was a passionate patron, advocate and long time friend. A champion for many local charities and causes in NI, Jim always gave his time and advice freely with big smile and plenty of fun.”
Professor Dornan’s distinguished medical career saw him teach at Queen’s University Belfast for a number of years.
He was a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, senior vice-president of the Royal College of Gynaecologists and chair of Health and Life sciences at Ulster University.
The surgeon and his Hollywood actor son backed a new group NI PanC, set up to support families battling pancreatic cancer.
His first wife and Jamie’s mother Lorna Dornan died of stage four pancreatic cancer in 1998, when Jamie was just 16.
Jamie, who has three daughters with singer Amelia Warner, previously spoke to The Times about the moment dad Jim, a professor, told him his mum’s cancer was fatal.
He said: “I burst into tears immediately. I was so angry and confused, my mind was swirling.
“I still hoped they’d come up with a cure in the time Mum had left. My grief started before Mum was dead.
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“Grief hit me in waves in the years after, when the weirdest thing would set it off.”
Jamie is the youngest of three siblings – having two older sisters, Liesa and Jessica, who were also grief stricken by their mum’s death.
Jim remarried top gynaecologist Samina Dornan, a public supporter of legalising abortion in Northern Ireland, who is also yet to publicly grieve her husband.