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Derek Draper Funeral, Date, Time, and Venue

Derek Draper Funeral, Date, Time, and Venue —

Derek Draper, the author and former political adviser, has died aged 56, his wife Kate Garraway has said.

The former political adviser was said to be one of the UK’s longest-suffering Covid patients, spending 13 months in hospital after testing positive in 2020.

The virus left him with extensive damage to his organs and requiring daily care, but his health deteriorated after suffering a cardiac arrest in December.

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Former Labour adviser Derek Draper dies aged 56

TV presenter Garraway confirmed his death in a statement posted on Instagram.

“I’m sad to have to tell you all that my darling husband Derek has passed away,” she wrote.

“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.”

She continued: “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.

“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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Derek Draper and TV presenter Kate Garraway married in 2005 (pictured in 2019)

Who was Derek Draper?

Derek Draper was born on August 15, 1967, in Chorley, Lancashire.

He was educated at Runshaw College in Leyland before going to the University of Manchester.

Derek was a political aide to former Labour cabinet minister Peter Mandelson and was at the centre of the scandal known as “Lobbygate” in 1998.

Following this, he retrained as a psychotherapist and spent three years in California obtaining his degree.

In the late 90s, he worked as the Political Editor of the Modern Review, was briefly a columnist for the Daily Express and presented on Talk Radio.

In 2009, he became the founder and editor of the blog LabourList.

But stepped down as editor after another scandal involving leaked emails.

The messages sent to him by Gordon Brown’s special adviser, Damian McBride, proposed using the blog to smear senior Conservative MPs and their spouses.

After 35 years, Derek decided to revoke his membership with the Labour Party on August 23, 2019.

Derek was also a published author and has written books such as Blair’s 100 Days and Life Support.

Derek Draper
Former Labour adviser Derek Draper dies aged 56

What was Derek Draper’s cause of death?

In March 2020, Derek was rushed to hospital due to a Covid infection, which sparked years of heartbreaking health battles.

After being taken to hospital, Derek spent 214 days on a ventilator, nearly four months in an induced coma and lost eight stone, as well as his ability to speak properly.

After he moved back home in April 2021, Derek required round the clock care and was rushed back to hospital with “life-threatening” sepsis in August the following year.

Following this, Derek was struck down with more ill-health.

In December 2023, Kate was by her husband’s side once more after he suffered a huge heart attack.

Sadly, in January 2024, he passed away following his ongoing health battle.

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When is Derek Draper funeral service?

As of now, the funeral date of the late Derek Draper has not been disclosed by his family.

Having said that, we are still following up on his death, we will update you as soon as we get important information about Derek Draper funeral service.

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