Kate Garraway tears up as friend’s mum dies from coronavirus aged 51

Kate Garraway choked back tears as she revealed her friend’s mother-in-law has died from coronavirus. 

The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here star opened up about the difficult time she’s had since Christmas while dealing with husband Derek Draper’s health as he remains in hospital after battling Covid-19. 

This week, her emotions were heightened as she found out about her friend’s loss. 

Sharing the news with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, Kate explained: ‘I’ve been a bit low, physically low, sort of at the end of my tether. I had to regroup a bit and then this week, a friend of mine’s mother-in-law who’s 51, so younger than me, died from Covid. She got it at Christmas.’ 

Holding back tears, Kate then revealed: ‘It’s gonna make me feel emotional. She just went down so quickly and died. I just thought, I cannot believe that here we are so far on. 

‘Derek’s still ravaged by the effects of Covid, way back in March. His recovery incredibly uncertain, I’m trying to look for new ways and talking to doctors about what we can do for him.’ 

She added: ‘Meanwhile, people are still dying in extraordinary numbers, people that aren’t older and haven’t got underlying issues and it is just unbearable.’ 

Kate, 53, has announced that she’s writing a book about her ordeal with Derek’s health. Titled The Power Of Hope, Kate will detail how Covid-19 has affected Derek’s body and the impact it’s all had on her family, including children Darcey, 14, and William “Billy”, 11. 

The TV presenter revealed she was somewhat inspired to write the book after some words of encouragement from Piers, who suggested she keep a diary months ago. 

Jokingly admitting she ‘didn’t want to give him credit’, Kate also revealed she was warmed by another conversation with Piers, where he revealed what Joe Biden told him about coping with grief. 


Announcing her book this week, Kate wrote in an Instagram post: ‘Hello everyone – I’ve not been on here for a while as I’ve been taking time to gather myself and focus like everyone else on getting through this latest lockdown. 

‘The pandemic is far from over and so is Derek’s journey but I have decided to share our story and what’s helping to keep me going, as we all try to work out what our new futures will look like. I am really hoping that it will help you with all that you are going through.’ 

Derek, 53, was taken to hospital in March after falling ill with coronavirus. He was then put in a medically-induced coma as the virus ravaged his body but has since progressed into a state of minimal consciousness. 

There have been glimmers of hope with Kate revealing Derek has opened his eyes on occasion and also muttering the word ‘pain’. 

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV. 

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