Eamonn Holmes teases a clip from The Meaning of Life
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Eamonn Holmes has opened up about his upbringing and dad’s generous ways, which led him to cry on RTE One’s The Meaning of Life this evening. The 61-year-old’s dad died from a sudden heart attack aged 64 in 1991. In an interview with host Joe Duffy, the This Morning star admitted he believed he was going to die just six weeks after his dad’s death as he struggled to breathe.
He explained: “One time I was in Israel and I began to feel ill. My heart starting beating and I was losing my breath.
“I was becoming really dizzy and I fell down on my knees.
“I thought I was going to die the way my dad died. My dad had just died six weeks earlier.
“I passed out and the next thing I knew I was in the back of an ambulance. It actually makes me nervous thinking about it now.”
Eamonn, married to Ruth Langsford, was rushed to hospital where he had his heart checked amid concerns.
Thankfully, all was OK and he went on to learn how to deal with panic attacks.
Reflecting on the ordeal, the presenter believes he became claustrophobic at the time due to having to fly to get home.
The father-of-four added that his dad’s sudden death was “very difficult” to deal with, revealing that the worst part was not being able to say goodbye.
On Twitter this evening, the This Morning star shared a clip of him breaking down as he recalled a memory of his dad.
Eamonn said that his dad was very “tactile” and wasn’t afraid to give his children hugs.
The presenter grew up in Belfast with his dad, mum Josie and brothers Conor and Coln.
“All he did was say things like, ‘Do you need any money?’
“I was on Ulster Television and I was earning £12,000 a year.
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“He wasn’t earning £12,000 a year of anywhere near it.”
Eamonn added despite this, his mum urged him to accept his dad’s kind offer and took £20.
Captioning the clip on Twitter, he wrote: “He’s been gone 31 years now but I still miss him every day.
“I can’t recall my late Father without thinking of how he always wanted to provide, even when I had a successful career.
“I think like all of us he just liked to be needed. The Meaning of Life airs tonight,10.30 on RTÉ One.”
Many of his one million followers flocked to his post to comment.
Singer Talia Dean wrote: “You are a wonderful man Eamonn, now I know why. What a lovely memory.”
Piers Morgan also commented with a heart and crying face emoji.
Nicky Phillips added: “Oh this is a tough watch. Sending lots of love to you.
“My Mum hasn’t been gone that long and the pain is still so raw.
“You have lots of love in your heart and that is a wonderful and beautiful thing xx.”
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