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Morah thanks Louis for book row backing

Morah Ryan has personally contacted Louis Walsh to thank him for his support in the controversy surrounding Melanie Verwoerd's new book.

The Herald can reveal how the widow of the late DJ contacted the X Factor judge to praise his stance in boycotting the book, When We Dance.

Dad-of-five Gerry Ryan (53) reportedly told Louis prior to his death how his wife of 26 years was always his one true love -- and Louis reckons the RTE star should just be allowed to rest in peace.

"Morah sent me a text today to say thanks. I believe in one thing and that's loyalty," he said.

The Mayo pop mogul said he had struck up a close relationship with the DJ, who died in his Leeson Street apartment on April 30, 2010.

"I used to see Gerry Ryan once or twice a week in the Four Seasons. I'd always go there for dinner or lunch and he'd be there after finishing his radio show. He would always be in good form and we would always have talks about love, life, happiness and politics. There was literally nothing I didn't know about Gerry and that's why I liked him -- because he didn't pretend to be perfect."

Louis said there was never any doubt about Gerry's feelings for Morah, despite their separation in March 2008.


"He would always tell me about Morah and how much he loved her and talk about the kids. And he's got a great, great family. Gerry mightn't have been perfect, but who is?

"But he loved his wife and kids, they were the most important thing in his life," he added.

Last week saw copies of Ms Verwoerd's book pulled from the shelves after lawyers for music promoter Dave Kavanagh applied to the High Court for an injunction. It has now emerged that celebrity agent Noel Kelly has also sent a legal letter to Liberties Press objecting to the book contents and demanding an apology.