Kate Garraway has announced that her husband Derek Draper has died aged 56 (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)
The TV presenter, 56, announced the news of Draper’s death aged 56 on Instagram on Friday, adding that she held Derek’s hand during his final hours and as he passed away.
He suffered a cardiac arrest in December 2023 which, due to the damage already inflicted by Covid-19, resulted in further difficulties in the aftermath.
Following the breaking news of Derek’s death, many will be thinking of Kate and the couple’s two young children, who were by their dad’s side in his final days.
Kate thanked those who had looked after Derek in recent weeks before going on to mention that Derek spent his last hours ‘surrounded by his family’.
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Derek suffered from serious complications after contracting Covid in 2020.
Who are Kate Garraway and Derek Draper’s children?
Kate Garraway and Derek Draper had two children: Darcey and Billy (Picture: ITV)
Kate Garraway and Derek Draper had two children together after tying the knot back in September 2005, having first met each other in autumn 2004.
In March 2006, Kate gave birth to Darcey Mary Draper. Darcy, now 17, has attended several red carpet events with her TV personality mum down the years.
Three years later, in July 2009, the couple announced that their second child, son William, had been born – he took on the affectionate nickname ‘Billy’ shortly afterward.
What has Kate Garraway said about her children amid Derek Draper’s health battle?
Derek was able to have a conversation with son Billy in July last year (Picture: Rex)
In July 2023, Kate Garraway revealed that her son Billy was left in tears after being able to briefly communicate with Derek, whose health and mobility were both severely affected after contracting Covid in March 2020.
She told Loose Women: ‘I don’t think we are necessarily going to have a conversation but you get fantastic moments.
‘This is so silly, but Billy had a new basketball and he was bouncing it and suddenly Derek said “Is that a new ball?” and we all just gasped.’
Kate continued: ‘And Billy goes “Yes, yes it is” and [Derek] goes “It’s nice”, and seeing him able to interact, it is something you take for granted, but then Billy was in tears.’
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