Kate Garraway shares message following death of husband Derek Draper

Virgin Radio

8 Jan 2024, 11:09

Derek Draper and Kate Garraway.

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Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway has thanked the public for their “wonderful messages” which have offered her “extraordinary comfort” following the death of her husband Derek Draper.

The former political adviser died last week, aged 56, following a series of complications since catching Covid-19 in March 2020.

In a recorded message on GMB this morning (8th January), Kate said: “Thank you so much for all the wonderful messages that you have sent me. It really does mean so much to me, Darcey, Billy and all of Derek's family.

“They are an extraordinary comfort and I'm so lucky to feel connected to you all through these messages at this time when the raw pain of grief can be so isolating."

She continued: “And that is the wonderful thing, isn’t it, about our Good Morning Britain family? That all of us on the team, and all of you watching from home, are connected, supporting each other through the challenges of life, knowing that we can also laugh at the fun and joys together that we share too.

“I am certain that it is the support that you have given me and sent to Derek that has sustained us through these tough nearly four years, motivating us to fight on for each other, and for those that can’t fight for themselves, and it will sustain us to continue that fight in the weeks and months and years to come.”

The TV star added: “I look forward to waking up with you very soon again on Good Morning Britain, to celebrate life in all its wonder and challenge again.

"I hope you forgive me for taking some time to be at home. My family is so grateful that we could be with our dearest Derek in his final moments - something not all get to share.

"Maybe you too are going through grief yourself or have done in the past. I send love and support to you too."

Signing off, Kate said: “We are taking time to heal ourselves now that Darcey and Billy know their daddy is at peace and free from pain and struggle. I shall be thinking of you all until we are all reunited very soon. In the meantime, hug your loved ones close. All my love, Kate.”

Chorley-born Derek worked as a Labour party lobbyist for over a decade, before leaving politics in 1998. He subsequently retrained as a psychotherapist and later worked as a writer in magazines and newspapers, as well as authoring two books. He and Kate married in 2005, and share two children.

Derek's health had suffered a setback in December after a heart attack. He had previously returned to hospital in November for more treatment.

The thoughts of everyone at Virgin Radio are with Derek's family and friends.