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Kate Garraway announces her 'darling' husband Derek Draper's death

The Good Morning Britain star revealed she was by Derek's side and holding his hand as he passes away

Kate Garraway with her husband Derek Draper and their two children
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Kate Garraway revealed on Friday that her husband Derek Draper passed away aged 56.

Derek was taken into hospital in December after suffering a heart attack which left him hospitalised. The sad news was shared by Kate on her Instagram account alongside a photo of her husband.

Derek Draper shared a photo of her husband Derek Draper to reveal the sad news© Instagram
Kate Garraway shared a photo of her husband Derek Draper to reveal the sad news

She penned: "I’m sad to have to tell you all that my darling husband Derek has passed away. As some of you may know he has been critically ill following a cardiac arrest in early December which, because of the damage inflicted by Covid in March 2020, led to further complications. Derek was surrounded by his family in his final days and I was by his side holding his hand throughout the last long hours and when he passed.

"I have so much more to say, and of course I will do so in due course, but for now I just want to thank all the medical teams who fought so hard to save him and to make his final moments as comfortable and dignified as possible. Sending so much love and thanks to all of you who have so generously given our family so much support. Rest gently and peacefully now Derek, my love, I was so lucky to have you in my life."

Friends of the journalist were quick to weigh in with messages of condolence, with her fellow ITV colleagues some of the first to react. Susana Reid penned: "Our whole hearts are with you all."

Derek Draper and Kate Garraway
© James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock
Derek caught covid in 2020 and had been battling the long-term impacts of the disease since

Lorraine Kelly wrote: "So sorry Kate. You fought so hard. Just incredibly sad. Sending you love." Meanwhile, Lisa Snowdon added: "Kate. Sending you all so much love and strength at this heartbreaking time. So cruel and so sad. RIP Derek." Richard Arnold replied: "By your side always."

Carol Vorderman wrote: "Oh no Kate. I'm so very very sorry. Sending you and your beautiful family the deepest condolences," 

Derek's battle with COVID-19

Derek fell critically ill back in 2020 after contracting COVID-19. He spent 13 months in hospital before finally being allowed to move back to his family home, where Kate and specialist nurses took care of him until his death.

Whilst he was clear of the virus, Derek suffered debilitating long-term health issues as the disease had damaged his organs.

Derek Draper watching TV covered in blankets with his children© Instagram
Derek is receiving care at home after being hospitalised with COVID-19

In 2021, Kate won a gong at the National Television Awards for her documentary Finding Derek. The programme documented how Kate was caring for her husband following his return home from the hospital. 

A timeline of Derek Draper's health battle

March 2020: Derek is diagnosed with COVID-19

Kate's husband was rushed to hospital after contracting COVID-19. He was left critically ill and would remain in hospital for over a year, fighting complications from the disease.

April 24, 2020: Derek placed in medically induced coma 

Derek was placed in a medically induced coma to help his body battle the impacts of COVID. He lost eight stone during this time.

July 2020: Derek wakes from his coma

Kate revealed he was in a "minimally conscious state".  The presenter and her two children were finally able to visit Derek in hospital as coronavirus restrictions eased.

September 2020: Kate gives an update on Derek's health

Kate revealed that his first word when he came around was "pain". After 214 days in hospital, he was able to breathe without a ventilator.

March 23, 2021: Kate releases Caring for Derek documentary

The ITV programme offered an insight into the family's struggle and how different their lives had been since Derek fell ill.

April 8, 2021: Derek allowed to move home

Kate began providing 24/7 care for Derek at their family home in London. She revealed his speech was "very minimal" and that moving around was difficult.

April 2022: Derek reunites with nurse who cared for him

Kate interviewed his carer, Beth Dixon, on GMB. It was an emotional moment for the whole family.

June 2022: Derek briefly returns to hospital

A family insider said they were worried about Derek's condition. Kate also stepped back from her GMB presenting duties.

January 2023: Derek returns to hospital

Kate revealed Derek had fallen out of his wheelchair and expressed her concern at the long ambulance waiting times.

July 2023: Derek watches Kate receive her MBE

Kate was presented with an MBE for services to journalism. Derek was pictured sitting in a wheelchair and cheering her on in an emotional photograph.

September 2023: Kate shares heartbreaking update

The GMB host admitted they didn't know whether Derek would ever get better.

December 2023: Derek suffers a heart attack

Kate revealed Derek had suffered a setback and was re-admitted to hospital. She said watching her husband struggle daily was "heartbreaking".

In 2022, he was readmitted with Kate revealing that his condition wasn't improving and had gotten worse.

Since then Derek was in and out of hospital for various reasons until December 2023 when he was admitted after going into cardiac arrest.

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