The cause of death of TV presenter Paul O’Grady, who died suddenly last month, has been revealed.
Paul O’Grady was 67 years old when he died, with his family stating that he died ‘unexpectedly yet peacefully’ on March 28.
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Andre Portasio, O’Grady’s husband, shocked the entire country when he published the tragic news on social media, writing: “We ask, at this difficult time, that while you celebrate his life, you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.”
“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.
“I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”
His family did not identify a cause of death at the time, but Paul O’Grady’s death certificate, obtained by the Express, showed that the broadcaster died from a sudden cardiac arrhythmia.
According to the British Heart Foundation, sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) occurs when a person dies unexpectedly following a cardiac arrest and no evident reason can be established.
A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body, depriving the brain of oxygen.
Joan Marshrons, Paul O’Grady’s long-time friend and former PA and agent, recorded his death six days after he died on March 28th, according to the received death certificate.
While the announcement surprised everyone in the UK, Paul O’Grady had previously been candid about his battle with Ischemic Heart Disease.
He admitted to having three heart attacks before age 65 and told The Mirror that he was ‘counting his blessings’ regarding his health.
After his first heart attack in 2002, the popular TV host declared it would be a miracle if he lived to be 60.
He added: “I’d sort of been waiting for it… all of our family has died of heart disease. But I never thought I wasn’t going to make it. God, no.”
Many people will remember Paul O’Grady for his love of animals, particularly dogs.
For many years, O’Grady collaborated with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to help countless animals receive the care they require and finally be re-homed.
The news of the TV presenter’s death comes as viewers watch the final series of ITV’s For The Love Of Dogs.