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05th Jan 2024

Derek Draper has sadly passed away after a long health battle

Jody Coffey

Derek Draper

Kate Garraway’s husband, Derek Draper, has sadly passed away after suffering long-lasting symptoms from Covid-19 at the age of 56.

The former lobbyist and political adviser contracted the virus in March 2020, which had further health implications for his organs and required daily care.

In a heartbreaking statement, Kate says her husband passed away with her by his side, ‘holding his hand’.

“I’m sad to have to tell you all that my darling husband Derek has passed away,” the GB presenter wrote.

“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.”

After Derek contracted Covid in 2020, he spent 13 months in hospital before being discharged, with the virus having a permanent impact on his health.

In 2021, the presenter was awarded a prize at the National Television Awards for ‘Finding Derek’, a documentary detailing her family’s experience throughout the pandemic and Derek’s return from hospital and treatment.

In July 2022, he was readmitted to the hospital, where it was reported that his condition had sadly worsened.

Last month, Derek was in the hospital in a “very serious condition” after suffering a heart attack.

Kate and Derek married in 2005 and had two children, Darcey and Billy.

May Derek rest in peace.