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Bradley Walsh, 61, was told to lose weight or die after his dad died of heart failure aged 59: ‘I was a time bomb’

He faced an ultimatum from doctors (Picture: ITV)

Bradley Walsh has revealed he was given an ultimatum by doctors that he needed to lose weight, or he would die.

The Chase host, 61, was told he was at high risk of developing heart problems after his dad died of heart disease at the age of 59.

He shared with The Sun how turning 60 felt like a ‘milestone,’ as its an age his father, Daniel, wanted to reach.

‘I had it in the back of my mind that I just had to get past my dad’s age. So turning 60 was a bit of milestone,’ he said.

He went on to admit he cut out fatty foods and alcohol in a bid to improve his health.

‘I was a time bomb. I produce too much cholesterol. It’s a silent killer. My heart guy said, “Look, Brad, you need to get fit,”‘ he shared.

Bradley’s dad died when the presenter was 33-years-old (Picture: ITV)

The Breaking Dad star – who recently became a grandfather – was just launching his mainstream career when his dad died, and he had the mammoth task of appearing on The Royal Variety Show shortly before his death.

‘I was 33 when he passed away. I’d just done The Royal Variety Show performance which helped launch my career, but my dad died from heart failure two weeks after that and never got to see it,’ Bradley explained.

‘Once you know it’s hereditary, you start having regular tests. Of course it’s a concern.’

Bradley will be appearing on our TV screens plenty over Christmas (Picture: ITV)

Bradley is set to appear on our TV screens quite a lot over the festive season, and it is said he could be raking in £500,000 for his Christmas work alone.

On Christmas Eve he is set to host an hour-long celebrity special of the nation’s favourite quiz show, The Chase, at 5.30pm on ITV.

At 9pm he’ll return with his son Barney for reality show Breaking Dad.

Then on Christmas Day, Bradley will host the BBC’s Blankety Blank Christmas Special, which starts at 7.25pm.

And as if that wasn’t enough, viewers can then catch him again at 8pm as Pop Larkins in The Larkins Christmas Special at 9pm on ITV.

So, if you’re a Bradley Walsh fan, you’re certainly in for a busy Christmas!


Credit: Original article published here.

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