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Derek Draper: Katie Hopkins criticised as ‘sick’ for mocking Kate Garraway after husband’s death | UK News

Former Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins has been criticised for mocking ITV presenter Kate Garraway after the death of her husband, Derek Draper.

Draper was said to be one of the UK’s longest-suffering COVID patients, spending 13 months in hospital after contracting the virus in March 2020, and died earlier this month.

In a video posted on X, Hopkins – who has one million followers on the site – wrongly claimed ITV was set to air a documentary titled “life after Derek”, with Garraway releasing a book to go with it.

Neither claim is true, but she added that “he’s only been dead a week” as she laughed and drank a glass of red wine.

“8.30 tonight there’s a documentary on the TV that you all need to watch, yeah, it’s a Kate Garraway documentary, so it’s important that I finish on time for you tonight,” she said in the post on Saturday.

“And it’s Kate Garraway: Life After Derek.”

She laughed, before adding: “There’s also a book she’s releasing to go with the documentary… he’s only been dead a week.”

Along with the video, which has been “viewed” more than four million times according to X’s scrutinised figures, she said the documentary is “allegedly sponsored by Fizzzzzzzeeerr”, in a reference to the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

Draper contracted the illness long before the vaccine was available.

Reacting to the video, broadcaster Lorraine King described Hopkins as a “sick person”, while comedian Dom Joly said she has “zero empathy” and is a “total grifter”.

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Other social media users responded to the video, with some people writing that her comments were “horrible”.

Hopkins had been permanently banned from X – then known as Twitter – in 2020 for breaching its rules on “abuse and harmful contact”, before being reinstated last year.

She used to present on radio broadcaster LBC but was sacked after making comments about the Manchester Arena bombing.

She has also compared migrants to cockroaches and said she would use gunships to stop them from crossing borders.

Kate Garraway says public support ‘extraordinary comfort’ amid ‘raw pain of grief’ after husband Derek Draper’s death | Ents & Arts News

Kate Garraway has called the public’s messages of support “an extraordinary comfort” as she goes through the “raw pain of grief” after her husband’s death.

Derek Draper died aged 56 following several years of serious health complications due to coronavirus.

Good Morning Britain presenter Garraway, who had chronicled his health struggles on TV, recorded a message for Monday’s show.

“Thank you so much for all the wonderful messages that you have sent me,” she told viewers.

“It really does mean so much to me, Darcey, Billy and all of Derek’s family.

“They are an extraordinary comfort and I’m so lucky to feel connected to you all through these messages at this time when the raw pain of grief can be so isolating.”

Kate Garraway with Derek Draper in 2007. Pic: Alan Davidson/Shutterstock
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Garraway and Draper in 2007. Pic: Alan Davidson/Shutterstock


She said she was “certain” the public’s support had “sustained us through these tough nearly four years, motivating us to fight on for each other”.

“I look forward to waking up with you very soon again on Good Morning Britain to celebrate life in all its wonder and challenge again,” Garraway added.

“I hope you forgive me for taking some time to be at home,” she told viewers of the ITV show.

“My family is so grateful that we could be with our dearest Derek in his final moments – something not all get to share.

“Maybe you too are going through grief yourself or have done in the past. I send love and support for you too.”

Kate Garraway, with her husband Derek Draper and her parents Gordon and Marilyn Garraway, after being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to broadcasting, journalism and charity by the Prince of Wales during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Wednesday June 28, 2023.
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Garraway with her husband and her parents after getting an OBE in June 2023

Garraway, who announced her husband’s death on Friday, said her family was “taking time to heal ourselves now that Darcey and Billy know their daddy is at peace and free from pain and struggle”.

“I shall be thinking of you all until we are reunited very soon,” she said.

“In the meantime, hug your loved ones close. All my love, Kate.”

Also on Monday’s Good Morning Britain, GP Hilary Jones recalled Garraway’s first concerns about Draper’s breathing in 2020 – saying he “ran out of puff” in eight seconds.

He ended up in intensive care, where Jones said there was a shortage of ventilators nationwide due to the strain of COVID.

“ITU was extremely busy and he clearly had a very weakened organ system from day one, not just his lungs,” said Jones.

“So this affected his nervous system, it was affecting his circulation, it was affecting his pancreas, and, clearly, subsequent months and years were the result of his body being so damaged by the acute infection.”

GMB reported in December that Draper was in “a very serious condition” after suffering a heart attack.

Sir Elton John and former prime ministers Sir Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were among those who paid tribute to the former political adviser last week.