The racing pundit’s death has shocked his fans after his family announced the news this morning.
Former Big Brother star John McCririck has died at the age of 79 – just months after his final TV appearance.
Back in October last year, John worried fans after he took to the This Morning sofa to talk about his depression.
In the harrowing clip, he reveals how he believes it led to his illness and extreme three-stone weight loss.
“You lose purpose in life”
During the show, he revealed how he started losing weight after he lost his job in 2012 and lost “purpose in life”.
“Ever since I was sacked in 2012 by Channel 4, when you stop working you feel depressed, you lose purpose in life.”
He said to viewers: “Don’t retire.”
Speaking about his weight loss, he continued: “I was over 19 stone, always remember you never see fat old men.”
John also put his weight loss down to his struggle with a terrible flu, he told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: “I’m getting better, slowly.
“I couldn’t speak for about three months. It really was awful, you get weaker and you’re on antibiotics.”
John came down with the flu in January 2018 and was still recovering when he appeared on the daytime ITV show at the end of last year.
Announcing his death in a statement, McCririck’s family said today: “Award-winning journalist, broadcaster and for many years the face of British horse racing, John McCririck, passed away at a London hospital on Friday, July 5 aged 79.”
The iconic presenter started his career with ITV in 1981 for Shergar’s Derby then became a household name as part of the Channel 4 Racing team when they took over coverage of the sport in 1984.
He also starred in Celebrity Big Brother, Question Time, The Weakest Link and Celebrity Wife Swap.
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