Death of Derek Draper, Kate Garraway’s husband, as it happened
Posted by  badge Boss on Jan 05
Kate Garraway announced the death of her husband Derek Draper (Picture: Andrew Matthews – Pool/Getty Images)

following an almost four-year battle with long Covid-19. She announced the devastating news not long after following a heart attack before Christmas.

Draper since contracting the virus in March 2020 and becoming the worst-affected living person that we knew of.

Just weeks before his death, Garraway shared the ‘heartbreak’ she felt over his health in ‘He is living in the world of the unknown.’

She told the Emotionally Speaking with host Peter Leonard podcast that he couldn’t sit up without an assistant and ‘his life isn’t his own’ as he went through a ‘big emotional struggle’.

The ITV presenter added of : ‘His brain had always been his ally and friend, but now it is his enemy. I think he’s had a big emotional struggle.’

Kate added: ”One of the challenges with Derek is we’ve never felt like he is safe, so every infection and rush back to hospital might be the moment he is taken from us.

‘We are still hopeful he will improve but we have no clear timeline on this.’

Send Kate Garraway and her children your support after Derek Draper’s death

The author and former political advisor was hospitalised last month after suffering a ‘huge heart attack’, and has been requiring full-time care since contracting Covid in 2020.

after posted an emotional statement on Instagram saying her ‘darling husband’ had died.

The TV personality, 56, said she had been ‘holding his hand throughout his last long hours’.

Her ITV co-stars then shared their condolences with Susanna Reid and Lorraine Kelly sending their love, while This Morning hosts broke the news on air.

Kate and Draper’s friend James O’Brien also paid tribute with an incredibly emotional statement on LBC, recalling his ‘vivacity’ and saying he will ‘always be very fondly remembered’.

She was married to Draper for almost 20 years and they share two children: daughter Darcey, 17, and son Billy, 14.