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Derek Draper facts: Wife, Children, Cause of death and Net worth revealed

Derek Draper facts: Wife, Children, Net worth and Cause of death—

Derek William Draper was an English lobbyist who died on January 5, 2024, He was 56.

As a political advisor he was involved in two political scandals, “Lobbygate” in 1998, and again in 2009 while Draper was editor of the LabourList website.

He worked as a psychotherapist and was the author of two books, Blair’s 100 Days and Life Support.

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Derek Draper cause of death

Derek Draper died after being seriously ill with long Covid. Draper was hospitalised in March 2020, suffering from COVID-19, and was admitted to an intensive care unit.

He was still in critical condition, in an induced coma, after ten weeks. The following month he had opened his eyes, but remained in hospital in a serious condition. He was still in hospital in March 2021, a year after contracting the virus.

Draper returned home on a trial basis in April 2021; in May 2021 his wife gave an update, saying that her husband was still devastated by COVID-19 and immobile. In September 2021 Garraway reported that he was still receiving round-the-clock care and sleeping 20 hours a day.

That month she won a National Television Award for an ITV documentary, Finding Derek, on his experiences with Long COVID and the effects on their family. He received treatment in Mexico in February and March 2022.

Garraway revealed in April 2022 that Draper was struggling to speak: “he can understand, sometimes do odd words, but can’t express himself.” Draper required round-the-clock care.

In December 2023, Draper suffered a heart attack and was admitted to hospital again in a ‘very serious condition’. On 5 January 2024, Garraway announced that Draper had died from related complications at the age of 56.

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Derek Draper and wife Kate Garraway

Derek Draper Wife

Derek Draper is married to Kate Garraway, a British television and radio presenter. Kate Garraway is also known for her appearances on the ITV breakfast show “Good Morning Britain”.

Kate Garraway, posted on Instagram on Friday: “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.”

Garraway said she would say more in due course but thanked the medical teams “who fought so hard to save him and to make his final moments as comfortable and dignified as possible”.

She added: “Sending so much love and thanks to all of you who have so generously given our family so much support. Rest gently and peacefully now Derek, my love, I was so lucky to have you in my life.”

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Kate Garraway and Derek Draper had two children together. (Image: PA)

Derek Draper Children

Kate Garraway and Derek Draper had two children together with their eldest Darcey, aged 17, and their youngest, Billy, aged 11, both featured in their documentary Finding Derek.

Darcey Mary Draper was born on March 10, 2006, while William, often known as ‘Billy’, was born on July 28, 2009.

Derek Draper Net Worth

Derek Draper, the British politician, lobbyist, and author, had a total net worth of $3 million as of 2021.

Who was Derek Draper?

Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper was a lobbyist and author who was born on August 15, 1967.

He attended Southland’s High School before going to Runshaw College and the University of Manchester.

He later became involved with the Labour Party before becoming entangled in two political scandals – “Lobbygate” in 1998 and again in 2009.

He also authored two books – Blair’s 100 Days and Life Support.

In 2005, he married Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway and soon had two children with her.

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