British reality TV star Kerry Katona is "devastated" following the death of the man she regarded as her real father.
The former Atomic Kitten singer is making plans to travel to America for the funeral of Arnold Ferrier, 78, who died on Tuesday (3Jun08).
The 27-year-old had made a desperate attempt to be at his bedside in his final hours.
A spokesman for the star says, "Kerry was told last week he had been diagnosed with cancer.
"She received a call yesterday saying he had taken a turn for the worse. She was desperately trying to get over there to be at his bedside."
Katona, who does not know the identity of her biological father says, "To me he was my real dad, a lovely man who I love and will really miss."