Eamonn Holmes fears he has just four years left to live after dad died of heart attack aged 64 – The Sun

EAMONN Holmes fears he has just four years left to live after his dad died of a heart attack aged 64.

The 60-year-old TV presenter admitted he worries he hasn't achieved everything he wants to yet as he heads towards his late father's age.

Speaking on The Journey podcast with Pete Snodden, Eamonn said: “My father was dead at 64. He died of a heart attack.

“That gives me four years. Ruth says, ‘Don’t talk like that,’ but you do think like that.

“There’s projects that I crave and I’ve got interests in lots of things."

He added:  “I’m not a superhuman. But I have a ­positivity, a lust for life. I don’t feel that I want to slow up.”

On Celebrity Gogglebox last week, Eamonn recounted his father's tragic death in detail after he shared his fury for an "idiotic and cruel" edit.

The 60-year-old was left "hurt beyond belief" that he was made to look like he was having a laugh after watching a child resuscitate his dad who was having a heart attack BBC's Ambulance.

He tweeted: "I am hurt beyond belief that @C4Gogglebox chose not to use me talking about my Father dying from a Heart Attack at the side of a road and replace it with a funny story following a young lad giving his Father CPR. Idiotic and cruel edit."

The ITV presenter's father Leonard suffered a fatal heart attack while driving in the countryside of Northern Ireland aged 65 and recalled the harrowing experience in his 2006 autobiography, This Is My Life.

The presenter had been in London over Easter in 1991 when his parents and younger brother Conor spent the weekend in their caravan in seaside town Ballycastle, Antrim.

Following the weekend, Eamonn called his parent's home on April 3 hoping to hear all about their trip however there was no answer, nor to the call he made 30 minutes later.

At 7pm that night, Eamonn received a phonecall from his other brother Colm who told him of their father's death after he had taken ill returning from their trip.

The broadcaster wrote in his book that his father became unwell suddenly and had pulled over on the road and couldn't move from the driver's seat – but on a country road and without a phone the wasn't much Eamonn's mother Josie could do.

By chance a family friend, John Linehan, had been visiting the area and came to their aid while they waited for the ambulance to arrive.

Eamonn wrote: "When John got to the car, Daddy was still in the driver’s seat. Mum had already flagged someone down who telephoned for help.


"Conor, loyal to the end, took on the role of an adult and was still on the back seat, leaning over holding on to his dad.

He continued: "He grew up a lot that night. Realising his distress, John steered him away from what was going on. He then knelt beside Dad.

"As they waited for an ambulance, John kept talking to him until he became unconscious. He tried to resuscitate him but by the time the ambulance crew got there it was too late.

"At sixty-five years old, before he could retire from work and spend many more days with Mum, a heart attack had taken my dad away from us."

"How my Father died was a particularly horrible experience for my Mother, my younger brother and his friend who were all in the car," he added.

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