Derek Draper, Kate Garraway’s husband has died aged 56

Kate Garraway revealed today that her husband Derek Draper has died aged 56 and told how she held his hand ‘throughout the last long hours and when he passed’.

The Good Morning Britain star, 56, announced the death of her husband of 18 years this morning and said: ‘Rest gently and peacefully now Derek, my love, I was so lucky to have you in my life.

Derek suffered a heart attack before Christmas after suffering with his health for several years.

Kate, who had two children with Derek, Darcey, 17, and their youngest, Billy, 11, said: ‘I’m sad to have to tell you all that my darling husband Derek has passed away.

‘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’.

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