“You were so patient. Trying to tell us for a while now it was time for you to go and today you did,” Kate began.
“Thank you Mac for the joy you delivered, the love we all exchanged and for those kind, knowing eyes. For having the softest ears and being the best lawn pillow anyone could ask for.
“For never hurting a fly and for always weeing like a girl and never having any qualms about it #norshouldyou,” she wrote.
Kate then praised Mac for “being so brave this past year” and for accepting aging is inevitable when others can’t, and for teaching her daughter Mae one very important lesson.
“Thank you for being one of the first to teach Mae the art and beauty of friendship. It was wonderful to watch. Enjoy the peace Maccy Moo. You’ve earned it,” she concluded.
The star’s celebrity friends were quick to take to Instagram to pass on their condolences upon hearing the tragic news, with actress Lynne McGranger writing: “Sad for you Kate and Mae.”
Journalist and TV presenter Shelley Horton added: “So sorry to hear this @kateritchieofficial sending hugs.”
Megan Gale also reached out to the former Home and Away star, writing: “Sending love.”