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He died aged 56.

Kate Garraway taking leave from presenting after death of husband Derek Draper-Kitty Chrisp-Entertainment – Metro

Kate Garraway is taking a break from her presenting duties after the death of her husband Derek Draper (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

Kate Garraway is to take a leave of absence from her presenting roles following the death of husband, former political adviser Derek Draper, aged 56.

The Good Morning Britain and Smooth Radio presenter, 56, announced her husband died after suffering long-lasting symptoms from coronavirus, in a post to Instagram on Friday.

In a statement on Instagram, Garraway said: “I’m sad to have to tell you all that my darling husband Derek has passed away.

‘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.’

In two recent documentaries, the couple chronicled the challenges they faced after the former lobbyist, psychologist and author suffered long-lasting damage to his organs and required daily care.

Garraway will be taking a break from her TV and radio presenting roles for the time being but she plans to return to work in the future, reports PA.

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.

The star took leave from Good Morning Britain back in December following Draper’s heart attack in order to take care of her husband.

Draper was hospitalised in November, and required full-time care since contracting Covid in 2020, which left him with serious complications.

Now after his death Kate isn’t planning on rushing back to her Friday presenting slot.

She will likely spending time with her two children Darcey, 16 and Billy, 13, who she shared with her late husband, as they come to terms with their loss.

More to follow.

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